DirecTV said Friday that it will cease operations of right-wing media company DirecTV OAN (One American News Network) within months, delivering a huge setback to the network that’s been a favorite of former President Donald Trump.
The satellite TV provider notified OAN’s owner, Herring Networks Inc., that it will stop carrying the company’s two channels — OAN and lifestyle channel AWE — when their contract expires in early April, according to Bloomberg, which was the first to report the decision.
OAN. based in San DiegoDirectTV, America’s biggest pay-TV provider, is the mainstay of OAN’s delivery system. Without DirecTV, only Verizon FiOS and some small pay-TV providers will carry OAN’s news, according to its website.
“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,” DirecTV said in a statement to Bloomberg.
This company is the property of AT&TTPG and provided no explanation. Critics have demanded repeatedly that OAN be dropped by the company because of false information that it propagates, including the baseless claim 2020 was rigged against Trump and a variety conspiracy theories. COVID-19.
There are two OAN correspondents gushed about the widely disparaged auditAccording to records, $605,000 in donations were also made by Maricopa County voters last year for the voter-checking operation. Dominion Voting Systems last year sued OAN for $1.6 billion for defamation for allegedly pushing “verifiably false yet devastating lies about Dominion.”
Media watchdog Media Matters has been campaigning for more than a year to convince OAN’s cable providers to drop the channel.
“DirecTV made the responsible decision to drop OAN. OAN is a cauldron of misinformation and extremism,” Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, said Friday in a statement provided to HuffPost.
“DirecTV made a negligent mistake in 2021 when it renewed its contract with OAN even after OAN spent weeks attacking the election and stoking the embers that helped fuel the Jan. 6 insurrection. They gave OAN a full year to undermine our democracy — and our country suffered for it.”
DirecTV has been “functionally propping up OAN for years. Without DirecTV, OAN would certainly not exist in its current form, and possibly not at all,” Carusone added.
He appealed to Verizon FiOS for OAN to be dropped.
John Bergmayer, legal director of the advocacy group Public Knowledge, said late last year in a blog post that “OAN’s support for the ‘Big Lie’ that the 2020 election was stolen,” as well as for conspiracy theories and misinformation on COVID-19, “moves it from a participant in the marketplace of ideas to a peddler of toxic lies.”
OAN couldn’t immediately be reached to comment. OAN did not mention the developments on their Twitter feed.
OAN programming has been offered by DirecTV to its customers since 2017.