Mystery surrounds the recent decision of DirecTV to drop the right-leaning One America News Network (OANN) from its channel offerings.
DirecTV, the nation’s largest paid satellite-TV provider, said it will stop carrying OANN once its contract expires with the OANN’s parent company, Herring Networks Incorporated, Bloomberg News reported. Herring Networks owns OANN and the lifestyle channel AWE (which stands for “A Wealth of Entertainment”).
“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 the aforementioned news outlet.
However, DirecTV’s statement didn’t explain why it decided to drop the network.
OANN launched in July 4, 2013, but it rose to special prominence after the 2020 elections when Republicans and conservatives expressed displeasure with the right-leaning far news network for prematurely calling the state of Arizona for then-presidential candidate Joe Biden, a Democrat, over then-President Donald Trump, a Republican.
OANN positioned itself as rightward of Fox News. However, the network has been accused of running “disinformation campaigns” after its claims that voting machines helped rig the 2020 election in Biden’s favor.
In June 2021, OANN reporter Pearson Sharp suggested that the thousands of people who, he said without proof, helped commit fraud in the 2020 election could face the death penalty for treason. Sharp later denied that he called for the mass execution of American citizens.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.