Newsmax is returning to DirecTV, after the satellite giant dropped the conservative news and commentary channel from its lineup in January over an alleged carriage dispute.
The two companies announced the new deal on Wednesday morning, it said Hollywood ReporterAnd say The channel will return to DirecTV and streaming services again starting Thursday.
DirecTV CEO Bill Morrow said in a statement:
This resolution with Newsmax, which resolves a common dispute over transportation, underscores our dedication to offering a broad range of programs and perspectives to all of our customers. Through our continued negotiations, we have come to a decision under mutually agreed commercial terms that allow us to present the conservative news network at the right value – a reflection of the free market in action.
Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said in a statement:
Newsmax acknowledges and appreciates that DirecTV clearly supports diverse voices, including conservative ones. As a standalone company, DirecTV gave its start to Newsmax nearly a decade ago as it continues to work with upcoming news networks, which is why we are pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial agreement that will bring our network to DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, and U-verse customers. over the next several years.”
DirecTV’s takedown of Newsmax caused an uproar among Republican lawmakers, who threatened hearings and were angry at conservative censors. DirecTV previously dropped One America News Network in April 2022.
After dropping Newsmax, DirecTV added the conservative channel The First. According to the report, DirecTV will now show both channels.
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