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Newsmax CEO: We Asked DirecTV For $1 A Year

“They said ‘Newsmax is the only cable news channel that’s never gonna get a cable fee’.”

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Newsmax has now been off the DirecTV channel lineup for more than a week, and its CEO — Chris Ruddy — continues to speak out on what he calls censorship from the satellite provider.

Ruddy was a guest on The Mark Simone Show on 710 WOR and told the New York host DirecTV claimed it would never pay the cable outlet a carriage fee.

“DirecTV had us on for five years and they removed us — censored us — making a very strange demand of Newsmax that they don’t demand of other cable news channels,” Ruddy said.

“There’s 22 liberal news channels on DirecTV and they said ‘Newsmax is the only cable news channel that’s never gonna get a cable fee’. And we’re like ‘Well, why?’, and they’re like ‘We need to save money’. We’re the fourth highest-rated cable news channel and there’s probably 100 channels less rated than we are that you’re paying more than this tiny license fee we were asking of about a dollar a year. And they were very obstinate in this because they knew that it was a way of cleverly trying to shut us down as a news channel.”

When asked by Simone what the reaction had been to being “de-platformed” by the satellite provider, Ruddy said there’s a chance the channel could return if public pushback continues.

“They are telling people they are thinking about bringing us back,” added Ruddy. “This is after President Trump and others have called for people to just cancel DirecTV. He said he was canceling DirecTV and AT&T, including his cell phones. And a lot of people have been calling…we’re also encouraging people to call Congress to have hearings on this because its also an example of woke censorship by AT&T to target us and One America (News).”

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Norah O’Donnell to Host CBS Evening News From Republican National Convention

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th.

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As the Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin, CBS Evening News will be on location with Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Milwaukee.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th. On the first two days of the convention, the program will offer extensive coverage of the event with in-depth analysis and also the latest developments of the campaign of President Joe Biden.

O’Donnell will also anchor primetime coverage from 8-11 PM ET as former President Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination for President. Joining O’Donnell in primetime are chief political analyst John Dickerson, Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan, and chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes.

CBS News will feature extension coverage of the event. Tony Dokoupil will be on location for the network’s morning show. Other personnel covering the convention for the network include Weijia Jiang, Major Garrett, Robert Costa, Ed O’Keefe, Caitlin Huey-Burns, Jake Rosen, and Olivia Rinaldi.

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Greg Gutfeld Executive Producer: We Won’t Be Wall-to-Wall Republican National Convention Just Because We’re in Milwaukee

“If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that.”

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Fox News is taking its entire primetime lineup to Milwaukee for the upcoming Republican National Convention. And while Greg Gutfeld will be on location, that doesn’t mean the convention will be the only topic of conversation.

Gutfeld! will air at 11 PM ET — an hour later than its usual time — during the convention to make way for a special news program hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

But the late-night show will be in the Wisconsin city speaking with a panel of usual guests. And with that usual cast of characters means that the content of the program isn’t likely to change from its usual format.

“It’s people who Greg loves and has good chemistry with,” Executive Producer Tom O’Connor told TVNewser. “I don’t think it’ll be wall-to-wall RNC coverage for the whole hour, either. If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that. That’s stuff that Greg always wants to talk about.”

O’Connor added that “It was an easy decision” to move Gutfeld! to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention. He continued by noting that Greg Gutfeld being more comfortable as the host of the show allows for more on-location programs.

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Tucker Carlson Network App Coming to Smart TVs

“Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live.”

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Tucker Carlson has been off TV since his April 2023 ouster from Fox News. That’s about to change with the launch of an app for his Tucker Carlson Network.

In an email to subscribers, the Tucker Carlson Network revealed “Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live. When this app is released, you’ll be able to watch Tucker on your TV at any time.

The Tucker Carlson Network app will join a growing field of smart TV apps in recent months. Nearly every network news outlet has a free, ad-supported TV streaming app with products like NBC News Now, ABC Live, and the recently rebranded CBS News 24/7.

It is unclear if the new app will require a subscription to the network to watch the various video programs being produced by the former cable news host.

Currently, subscriptions to the platform cost $9 monthly or $72 for the entire year.

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