For nearly 20 years, Fox News was the king of Conservative television. And over those years, Fox faced very little competition. That changed a few years ago with the debuts of OAN and Newsmax.
To compete with Fox, though, OAN needs to be carried on as many cable providers as possible. So the network took a major hit this week when DirecTV dropped it.
Legal commentator Tristan Snell tweeted on Friday night, “OAN is being dropped by DirecTV, majority-owned by AT&T. This is huge news. 90% of OAN’s revenue may disappear overnight. An OAN lawyer once told a court that if DirecTV dropped them, OAN ‘would go out of business tomorrow.’ I guess they’re about to find out.”
BREAKING: OAN is being dropped by DirecTV, majority owned by AT&T.
This is huge news. 90% of OAN's revenue may disappear overnight. An OAN lawyer once told a court that if DirecTV dropped them, OAN "would go out of business tomorrow."
I guess they're about to find out.
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) January 15, 2022
DirecTV confirmed the news yesterday as well. The provider said in a statement, “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.”
The NAACP had been lobbying DirecTV to drop the channel. The organization met with the cable provider in October to discuss the issue. They issued a statement which read, “NAACP President Derrick Johnson will be meeting with AT&T leadership tomorrow, October 21st. The meeting will focus on the need for AT&T to drop OAN immediately.”
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