DirecTV to drop far-right channel OAN from its service -Breaking
(Reuters) – U.S. satellite broadcaster DirecTV announced Friday that it would drop One America News (OAN), a far-right channel, from its service after its contract expired. This is a major blow for the well-known news network.
OAN rose to prominence during the triumphant and turbulent administration of Donald Trump. OAN has been criticised for spreading conspiracy theories regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2020 election.
“We informed Herring Networks, after a routine, internal review,” a DirecTV spokesperson stated in an emailed statement.
AT&T Inc (NYSE:), the parent of DirecTV, entered into a deal with Herring Networks Inc in 2017, which included OAN and a little-watched lifestyle channel, AWE. The networks were first carried by DirecTV in April 2017.
OAN or Herring Networks couldn’t be reached immediately for comment after hours.
AT&T has been a crucial source of funds for OAN, providing tens of millions of dollars in revenue, a Reuters investigation found last year. Ninety percent of OAN’s revenue came from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including DirecTV, according to 2020 sworn testimony by an OAN accountant.
Bloomberg News reported that DirecTV will be ending its contract in early April.
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