DirecTV is dropping the ax on One America News Network, a right-wing cable outlet. OAN is owned by Herring Networks.
In addition, the network is dropping OAN’s sister channel, AWE (“A Wealth of Entertainment”). Herring Network was notified that its contract with the satellite provider would not be renewed when it expires in April.
“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 spokesperson for DirecTV said in a statement.
Removal of OAN from the DirecTV lineup could signal the end for OAN since most carriers have refused to carry it. Most of the platform’s revenue comes from a contract with AT&T-owned television platforms, including DirecTV, a Reuters report revealed in October.
The satellite provider is the largest outlet for OAN. Still, it is available on Verizon FiOS, KlowdTV, and on its website. The network had been recently planning on expanding, but the significant cut in distribution might end those plans. The Daily Beast reports that OAN’s value after being cut from DirecTV “would be zero,” and the network has experienced difficulties fully staffing its operations as of late.
In addition to facing removal from DirecTV, the outlet is facing a billion-dollar defamation suit from Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion filed the lawsuit in August, claiming the network deliberately spread misinformation about the company’s role in the 2020 election.
The network counts Donald Trump as one of its biggest supporters. He previously encouraged his supporters to tune into the network. OAN was even granted access to the White House briefing room at one point before losing it after a reporter failed to comply with COVID-19 restrictions.