DirecTV will drop the far-right channel One America News Network from its service when its contract ends, a blow to the conservative news network.
OAN, which rose to prominence amid the administration of former President Donald Trump, has been criticized for spreading conspiracy theories about the Covid epidemic and the 2020 election.
A DirecTV spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters that we did not plan to enter a new contract after a routine internal review.
In 2017 AT&T Inc, the parent of DirecTV, entered a deal with Herring Networks Inc, which included OAN and a little-watched lifestyle channel, AWE. DirecTV began carrying the networks in April of that year.
OAN and Herring Networks could not be reached for comment outside business hours.
A Reuters investigation found last year that AT&T has been a key source of funds for OAN, providing tens of millions of dollars in revenue. According to 2020 sworn testimony from an OAN accountant, ninety percent of OAN's revenue came from a contract with AT&T owned television platforms, including DirecTV.
According to Bloomberg News, DirecTV's contract ends in early April.