DirecTV To Allow Bill O’Reilly To Fill Newsmax’s Slot

( DirectTV is under fire for seemingly having a bias against conservative programming.

They have removed Newsmax from its lineup due to failed contract talks with the right-wing network.

As Newsmax ceased broadcasting, DirecTV, which had previously canceled the far-right One America News Network, came under harsh criticism and charges of ideological suppression from the right.

On Thursday morning, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) joined Newsmax and cautioned that the removal of Newsmax by DirecTV may lead to congressional proceedings. It may even go so far as to send its executives to meet with us and explain the situation to us in terms of the timing and the goal, Waltz said. It may even result in open hearings.

DirecTV released a statement early Wednesday after Newsmax went off the air at midnight. They said that “on multiple occasions, we made it clear to Newsmax that we wanted to continue to offer the network, but ultimately Newsmax’s demands for rate increases would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base,”

In addition, DirecTV revealed on Thursday that The First, a right-wing commentary channel, will replace Newsmax. Observers conclude that this was clearly in response to criticism from the right.

According to DirecTV, “The First originally launched on Paramount’s Pluto TV in October 2019 and boasts a current lineup of four primary hosts with significant followings gleaned from popular nationally syndicated radio shows and online presence.”

Daily programs include the afternoon “The Dana Show,” which is hosted by well-known radio and social media personality Dana Loesch; and primetime series “The Liz Wheeler Show,” “No Spin News with Bill O’Reilly,” and “I’m Right with Jess.”

The First will be introduced to people’s homes via cable by DirecTV for the first time, according to the announcement, which highlighted that the network debuted as a streaming service.

According to Rob Thun, Chief Content Officer at DirecTV, “DIRECTV values different viewpoints and perspectives and will always work to preserve expansive choice among a wide variety of entertainment and information services to appeal to the unique tastes and interests of our diverse customer base.”