DirecTV to resume airing Newsmax programming after dispute

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DirecTV logos are seen on flyers in North Andover, Mass., Aug. 6, 2009. Newsmax is returning to DirecTV after a dispute between the parties saw the conservative network removed from the satellite carrier. The companies said Wednesday, March 22, 2023, that they have now reached a multi-year distribution deal that will see the Newsmax channel return to DirecTV, DirecTV Stream and U-verse starting Thursday, March 23. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

DirecTV to resume airing Newsmax programming after dispute

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DirecTV will resume Newsmax programming after a dispute last year.

Last year, DirecTV dropped Newsmax from its channel lineup. It further replaced the conservative-leaning news channel with a new outlet called The First.

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The First features hosts such as Dana Loesch and Bill O’Reilly, among others.

On Wednesday, both DirecTV and Newsmax announced that they had finalized a renewal.

The channel will return to DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, and U-verse on Thursday.

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“Newsmax recognizes and appreciates that DIRECTV clearly supports diverse voices, including conservative ones,” CEO of Newsmax Christopher Ruddy said. “As a standalone company, DIRECTV helped give Newsmax its start nearly a decade ago as it continues to do with upcoming news networks, which is why we are pleased to reach a mutually beneficial agreement that will deliver our network to DIRECTV, DIRECTV STREAM and U-verse customers over the next several years.”

“This resolution with Newsmax, resolving an all-too-common carriage dispute, underscores our dedication to delivering a wide array of programming and perspectives to our customers,” CEO of DIRECTV Bill Morrow added. “Through our persistent negotiations, we reached a resolution under mutually-agreeable business terms allowing us to deliver the conservative news network at the right value — a reflection of the free market at work.”

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