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Republican Congressman Tells Newsmax Public Hearings Could Be On Table After Channel Dropped By DirecTV

“It could go so far as to have their executives come talk to us and explain this to us in terms of the timing and intent. And it could go as far as having public hearings.”

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The decision by DirecTV to remove Newsmax from its channel offerings continues to be a divisive one.

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy claimed the satellite provider’s goal was to censor the channel. Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL) said if that’s the case, public hearings could be on the table.

Waltz was one of the Republican Congressmen to co-sign a letter to DirecTV admonishing the company for its removal of Newsmax. The letter — authored by Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) — took issue with a perceived preference by the company to continue airing “liberal news channels”, naming Vice News specifically, but “de-platforming” of conservative channels like OAN and Newsmax.

“We have a number of questions in that letter that we’ll demand answers for,” Waltz told Newsmax host Rob Finnerty during Wake Up America Thursday. “It could go so far as to have their executives come to talk to us and explain this to us in terms of both the timing and intent. And it could go as far as having public hearings. I think the public hearings should be part this a broader effort from the left to essentially snap everybody in line with their view, their way of thinking, or you can’t get access to anything you need to actually function as a company or a business.”

DirecTV has claimed it denied demands from Newsmax for a carriage rate increase, saying it “would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base”.

Ruddy claimed in an interview with Howie Carr that the satellite provider currently pays the channel nothing, and was told in negotiations that DirecTV said “We’re not gonna pay you a dime. We’re not gonna pay you a penny. We’re paying you nothing.”

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ABC News Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku to Depart

She becomes the latest leader to leave the company after a restructuring from The Walt Disney Company earlier this year.

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ABC News has announced Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku will exit the network on Friday, June 28th.

She becomes the latest leader to leave the company after a restructuring from The Walt Disney Company earlier this year. Former ABC News President Kim Godwin left the network in May after an investigation into her practices was set to commence.

Deshishku worked closely with producers of World News Tonight, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The View, among others of the network’s programs.

Before joining ABC, Deshishku worked as CNN’s director of coverage. She led the network’s White House unit and also oversaw breaking news coverage during her tenure at the cable news network.

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MSNBC, Newsmax, NewsNation to Simulcast CNN Debate, Report Claims

None of the networks have publicly announced their intention to partner with CNN.

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As CNN makes preparations to host the first presidential debate next week, it has added several partners to simulcast the event. A new report suggests MSNBC, Newsmax, and NewsNation will join an already growing field of partners.

A report from the Los Angeles Times claims that the CNN debate will be added by MSNBC/NBC News, Newsmax, NewsNation, Scripps News, and Telemundo.

When asked by Barrett News Media if the network was partnering with CNN to broadcast the debate, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy simply stated “True.”

Those networks would join ABC News — who will host the second presidential debate in September, Fox News, and PBS as simulcast partners. In addition to airing on Fox News, the network will also broadcast the 90-minute event on the Fox Business Network, network FOX, the FOX Nation streaming app, and will provide the debate to its Fox News Radio affiliates.

While the report from the LA Times says that the bevy of networks will also simulcast the event, none of the networks outside of Newsmax have publicly announced their intention to partner with CNN. Barrett News Media has asked each network for comment.

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Fox News to Simulcast CNN Presidential Debate

Fox News Radio will provide a simulcast of Fox News Channel for its post-debate coverage. Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal will anchor coverage on the radio network.

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Fox News has become the latest network to join CNN as a simulcast partner for the upcoming presidential debate.

On Thursday, June 27th, Fox News will join ABC News and PBS as networks simulcasting the 90-minute event produced by CNN.

In its pre-debate coverage, an early edition of Jesse Watters Primetime at 7 PM ET will be followed by a special anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, alongside Dana Perino and Watters. Sean Hannity will be live on location at CNN’s Atlanta studios.

Meanwhile, senior White House correspondent Peter Doocy will provide coverage from the White House while Chad Pergram will discuss how the Commission on Presidential Debates was side-stepped by the Biden and Trump campaigns.

Shannon Bream will anchor coverage on the FOX network between 9-11 PM ET as the debate is aired.

After the debate, Hannity will host a one-hour program before Fox News @ Night with Trace Gallagher takes over coverage on the cable network.

Additionally, Fox News Radio will provide a simulcast of Fox News Channel broadcasting the CNN debate for its radio affiliates. Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal will anchor post-debate coverage on the radio network.

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