Republican attorneys general from six states have sent a letter to DirecTV urging the satellite TV provider to reverse its decision to drop One America News Network.
Officials called DirecTV’s decision “very disturbing and disappointing,” saying in Thursday’s letter that the service was bowing to pressure from “powerful voices from the left.” It was sent by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and co-signed by his peers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and South Carolina.
“My fellow attorneys general and I strongly recommend that you reconsider your current background and renew your contract with OAN in April,” they said. “Your failure to do so will not only cause you to lose millions of dollars in business, but will also lead to many millions of Americans canceling your services altogether.”
DirecTV declined to comment. The letter was addressed to Bill Morrow, CEO of DirecTV, with copies to its board of directors and the directors of Dallas-based AT&T Inc.. DirecTV is owned by AT&T and Fort Worth-based TPG through a joint venture.
DirecTV said Jan. 14 that it planned to ax OAN, a conservative-leaning outlet that has come under fire for reporting misinformation about the pandemic and the 2020 election. DirecTV’s contract with OAN-owner Herring Networks , expires in early April.
OAN relied heavily on revenue from DirecTV subscribers. In 2020, an attorney for OAN said in court that if the network’s DirecTV contract ended, “the company would go bankrupt tomorrow,” Reuters reported.
In a video in January, Robert Herring Sr., founder and CEO of OAN, called on viewers to pressure TV providers, like Dish Network Corp. and Charter Communications Inc., better known as Spectrum, to carry the channel.
Gerry Smith, Bloomberg