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Mike Gallagher: Congress Should Investigate DirecTV After Dropping Newsmax

“You can make the argument ‘They’re a private company’. Nope. No, no, no. There’s all kind of government subsidies and tax breaks.”

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After deciding to drop Newsmax from its channel lineup, DirecTV has faced threats of Congressional investigations. Radio host Mike Gallagher believes that’s warranted.

“They’re trying to come after all of us. They’re trying to figure out a way to stop every single conservative outlet in America,” Gallagher said. “First, it was One America News. Now it’s Newsmax. AT&T and DirecTV refuse to pay Newsmax the carriage fees which is crucial to these TV networks. They refuse to pay these fees they pay everybody else, and Newsmax said ‘Enough. You’ve gotta be fair here. You’re not being fair, and you’re not paying us all these carriage fees you’re paying all these others.’

“Newsmax is the fourth news network right now in the country, behind Fox, and MSNBC, and CNN. ‘Nope, sorry, you’re out.’ You can make the argument ‘They’re a private company’. Nope. No, no, no. There’s all kinds of government subsidies and tax breaks. Congress has to investigate this. It’s time to hold Congressional hearings for this absolute blatant effort to silence a point of view that a woke company like AT&T and DirecTV doesn’t approve of.”

Representatives Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) and Michael Waltz (R-FL) each appeared on Newsmax Thursday, and discussed the possibility of Congressional hearings on the matter, with Van Drew saying “I’m certainly going to push for hearings and discussions about this. I think it’s more than necessary.”

DirecTV continues to contend it removed Newsmax after the cable channel demanded a carriage fee, which the satellite provider was not interested in paying. Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy claims the channel is in the top 16 most-watched outlets on the service provider, warranting a carriage fee.

However, DirecTV countered by claiming that because Newsmax streams its programs for free on platforms like Roku, a carriage fee was not on the table.

With its removal from DirecTV, Newsmax’s reach has now decreased by 13 million homes.

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Mark Kaye Launching New Podcast and Video Simulcast

Mark Kaye Saves the Republic will launch from the Republican National Convention next week in Milwaukee.

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Former nationally syndicated radio host Mark Kaye has announced a new podcast and video simulcast project that is set to debut on Monday, July 15th.

Mark Kaye Saves the Republic will launch from the Republican National Convention next week in Milwaukee.

It is the first project from the former radio host since he departed Cox Media Group as a nationally syndicated host in the 12-3 PM ET timeslot as the company’s replacement for Rush Limbaugh. His program originated from 104.5 WOKV in Jacksonville before he exited the post in February of this year. He was replaced on most stations by The Erick Erickson Show, which originates from sister station 95.5 WSB in Atlanta.

In addition to an audio podcast, the program will also feature a video simulcast on YouTube. Currently, Kaye has more than 33,000 subscribers on his channel.

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Megyn Kelly, David Webb Hosting SiriusXM Shows From Milwaukee During Republican National Convention

The Megyn Kelly Show — which airs on SiriusXM’s Triumph channel — will be live from Fiserv Forum on both Wednesday and Thursday next week for the convention.

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SiriusXM has announced its coverage plans for the upcoming Republican National Convention, which includes Megyn Kelly and David Webb being on-location in Milwaukee.

The Megyn Kelly Show — which airs on SiriusXM’s Triumph channel — will be live from Fiserv Forum on both Wednesday and Thursday next week for the convention.

Meanwhile, David Webb will take his program — heard on SiriusXM Patriot — to Milwaukee for the duration of the Republican National Convention. He has already secured interviews with former President Trump’s son Eric, and Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS).

Additionally, Stacy Washington will anchor evening broadcasts for SiriusXM Patriot from the convention floor in Milwaukee.

Julie Mason will lead evening coverage for P.O.T.U.S. for the satellite broadcaster. She’ll host a special program at 8 PM ET on Monday with live interviews from Media Row. Steve Scully will provide coverage for the channel from its Washington D.C. studios.

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710 KNUS Host Randy Corporan Exits

He added that since announcing his exit, he has been contacted by “truly conservative outlets” to continue his program, but said he won’t begin a new show until after the 2024 election.

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After more than a decade, 710 KNUS weekend host Randy Corporan has hosted his last show for the Denver news/talk station.

According to the host, Salem Media Group informed him it would not be renewing his contract late last month.

Corporan told CompleteColorado.com that after the death of his wife in June of last year, he considered ending the show. However, he persisted, commuting an hour and a half one way to continue the show.

He added that since announcing his exit, he has been contacted by “truly conservative outlets” to continue his program, but said he won’t begin a new show until after the 2024 election.

“I want to get the start of my new life going and sort myself out,” he said. “And I want to take care of some personal problems that need to be dealt with.”

Randy Corporan is listed as one of the defendants — along with Salem Media Group, parent company to 710 KNUS — in a defamation lawsuit brought forth by Dominion Voting Systems over what the election machine company calls “false claims of fraud in the 2020 election.”

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