OAN returns to cable with new telecommunications company
One America News NOTetwork returns to cable after two other distributors terminated their contracts with the right-wing network.
OAN will broadcast its 18 hours of live news and 24/7 coverage with Zito Media, a telecommunications company that serves more than 75,000 subscribers in 100 communities in 22 states, according to its website. Zito Media is not available in any of the states that host OAN’s press offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, or Florida.
“Our customers have asked for One America News,” Zito Media co-chairman James Rigas said in a press release. “We are thrilled to add OAN to Zito’s channel lineup along with its sister entertainment channel, AWE.”
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“We are thrilled to have Zito Media as our distribution partner as consumer demand continues to drive new deployments across multiple platforms,” said Bo LaMotte, SVP of Distribution and Content Strategy. from OAN.
It comes as OAN is suing AT&T, DirecTV’s parent company, over the company’s decision to stop carrying the news channel. AT&T reportedly informed OAN in early 2022 that its contract would not be renewed. The contract ended in April.
After failing to reach a contractual agreement, Verizon also announced that it would no longer contain the rights to OAN after July. The network was still available through Alaska-based General Communications Inc. as the only cable company in the United States, in addition to lesser-known digital platforms Vifgo and KlowdTV. OAN also has a subscription service, offering all of its programs via the Internet for a monthly fee of $4.99 or $59.99 per year.
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OAN, along with Newsmax and others, is facing a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems and others for defamation amid allegations that the defendants disseminated misinformation about the 2020 election.