BOSTON (AP) – DirecTV plans to drop One America News Network (AON), significantly shrinking the reach of the right-wing TV channel friendly to Donald Trump and widely criticised for spreading misinformation including the former president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election.
The satellite television provider said Saturday that it has informed OAN’s owner, Herring Networks Inc, that it will no longer carry its two channels when their contract expires. The other, AWA, is a lifestyle channel. The decision is believed to remove OAN from millions of homes.
“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 spokesman said in an emailed statement.
The spokesman would not say when the contract expires, but Bloomberg News, which first reported development on Friday, said it expires in early April.
San Diego-based Herring Networks did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
Bloomberg said DirecTV is OAN’s largest distributor. On its website, Herring said OAN is carried by Verizon FiOS and several smaller TV providers.
It can also be streamed online. Major cable companies including Comcast and Charter do not carry OAN.
AT&T has a 70 per cent stake in DirecTV, which has carried OAN since April 2017 after AT&T settled a lawsuit demanding it carry the channels.
Herring Networks had claimed AT&T reneged on an agreement to carry OAN on DirecTV, which it acquired in 2015.