DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network, the channel recognized for its pro-Donald Trump protection and commentary.
The satellite tv for pc supplier, one of many largest distribution retailers, additionally plans to drop one other channel, AWE, from OANN mother or father Herring Networks
“We informed Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires,” a DirecTV spokesperson confirmed on Friday.
According to Bloomberg, which first reported the information, DirecTV’s contract with Herring Networks expires in early April. DirecTV will proceed to hold their programming by means of their present settlement. DirecTV started carrying OAN in April, 2017.
Trump has cited the channel as one in every of his favorites — an interview with him ran this week — and he singled it out within the aftermath of the presidential election. The channel, which superior his unfounded claims that the election was rigged, is going through defamation lawsuits from two election techniques firms, Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems.
A consultant from Herring Networks didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
In October, Reuters ran an investigative report on how AT&T, which spun off DirecTV final 12 months however retains a 70% share within the firm, nurtured OAN, and the way the rightward channel drew the majority of its income from the telecom’s platforms. DirecTV has mentioned that OAN was only one channel it has carried throughout the political spectrum.
OAN has been the goal of public curiosity teams which have referred to as on distributors to cease carrying the channel, citing its unfold of conspiracy theories and misinformation about Covid-19.