USA: a major television service abandons the pro-Trump channel OAN

The DirecTV subscription television service has decided not to renew its contract with One America News Network (OAN), an ultra-conservative, conspiratorial and pro-Donald Trump American channel.

“After a routine internal evaluation, we have informed Herring Networks (the owner of OAN, editor’s note) that we do not intend to sign a new contract when the current one expires,” said a doorman. – DirecTV spoke to AFP on Friday.

The agreement should end next April, according to a source familiar with the matter. DirecTV, which belongs to the American telecommunications giant AT&T, did not detail the reasons for its decision.

OAN is one of the new ultra-conservative players in television news, which is trying to nibble market share to the Fox News reference.

Like Newsmax or Real America’s Voice, they refused to recognize Donald Trump’s defeat in the presidential election in November 2020 , relaying the conspiracy theories of electoral fraud formulated by the former head of state.

Mid-November 2020, the presenter of OAN Christina Bobb assured for example that Democrats had “prepared a coup against the President of the United States”.

Donald Trump himself had invited his supporters to turn to OAN and Newsmax and more and more personalities leading Republicans accept invitations to these two antennas.

The channel saw its audiences climb in the wake of the election, but the DirecTV’s decision is a blow, because it is its largest distributor, according to specialized American media.

OAN did not immediately react to a request from AFP.

A year ago, when supporters of Donald Trump invaded Congress during the ceremony to certify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden, OAN and Newsmax denounced, without any supporting evidence , the supposed infiltration of ultra-left small groups.