Verizon drops One America News Network in latest blow

San Diego-based One America News, the flashy right-wing cable channel, may soon be struggling to survive after being hired by another major cable operator.

The Daily Beast reported that OAN was unable to secure a new broadcast agreement with Verizon, the last major cable operator to operate the channel. DirecTV, which provided the bulk of OAN’s distribution, shut down the channel earlier this year.

Verizon confirmed the move in a statement that as of July 31, OAN will no longer be on its Fios TV service. The statement indicated that politics played no role in their decision to divest OAN, which is owned by tech entrepreneur Robert Herring.

“Our negotiation with OAN was a typical business-as-usual transport negotiation that occurs routinely between content distributors and content providers,” the company said. “Negotiations, as always, focused on economics, but OAN was unable to agree on fair terms.”

OAN did not respond to a request for comment.

OAN is not entirely out of options. It is still available online as a live stream available with a subscription. It also offers its programming to over-the-air TV stations, which can broadcast a version called OAN Plus on their digital subchannels.

The company recently made its OAN Plus service available in Pittsburgh on WOSD owned by Videohouse. According to a press release, the service is now available in more than 10 million television households.

But with sparse advertising support, it would be difficult for OAN Plus to become a viable business as an over-the-air network. Cable hauling usually comes with subscriber fees, which make up the majority of revenue for established news networks like CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

OAN has been the most ardent supporter of former President Trump and his false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him through voter fraud.

Like Fox News and Newsmax, OAN is being sued for defamation by voting technology companies Smartmatic and Dominion. Both companies claim their reputations were damaged by false testimony from moderators and guests who repeated Trump’s claims.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-07-21/one-america-news-days-may-be-number-after-being-dropped-by-verizon Verizon drops One America News Network in latest blow

Sarah Ridley

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