Far-right conspiracy theory network OAN will now broadcast for free in Tampa

So far, the embattled company has been dropped by DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon.

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After DirecTV dropped former president Donald Trump's favorite news network One America News (OAN) last spring, the far-right outlet will now broadcast for free into local television antennas after signing a deal with a company apparently willing to host conspiracy theories. 

This morning, OAN announced a new agreement with sub channel provider Major Market Broadcast to launch its new channel variant, OAN Plus, on the over-the-air (OTA) channel WTBT in Tampa, as well as WSWF in Orlando.

Besides these stations, OAN will also broadcast across 18 other low power channels owned by Major Market Broadcast, which claims its network of stations reaches over 15 million viewers nationally.

"The Major Market Broadcasting portfolio of broadcast stations is robust and it provides us with some exciting new and powerful market coverage," said Alex Kopacz, EVP, Content Distribution and Strategy at OAN in a statement. "The OAN brand will clearly resonate strongly in 2023 around the presidential election cycle so launching the channel in these top markets now truly offers a major boost to our voice."

During the last election cycle, OAN and hosts Chanel Rion and Christina Bobb, were sued by voting machine companies Dominion and Smartmatic in a series of defamation lawsuits.

The company, which is owned by Herring Network, Inc,  was “in a race to the bottom with Fox and other outlets such as Newsmax to spread false and manufactured stories about election fraud,” stated the lawsuit.

OAN was later dropped by DirecTV on April 4, after the Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol resulted in pressure from lawmakers and advocacy groups to stop carrying the network.

The embattled company was also later dropped by Frontier and Verizon. 

Besides verifiably false election-based conspiracy theories, OAN has also dabbled with climate change denial, Christian Nationalist propaganda, Russian propaganda, and transphobia, to name a few. 

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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