‘One America News Network’ Wants To Give Fox News Some Cable News Competition
Soon, Fox News may not be the only news network with a majority of right-leaning opinion commentators on cable TV. Herring Broadcasting, the San Diego-based company that owns Wealth TV and conservative newspaper The Washington Times, has announced the launch of One America News Network, timed to this week’s CPAC event.
“One America News Network will provide Americans a new, credible source for national and international news and investigative reporting as well as talk shows designed to foster an independent, cutting-edge debate about the policies, issues and solutions facing the country,” CEO Robert Herring Sr. said in an announcement on the Washington Times website.
Herring acknowledged the inevitable Fox comparisons by explaining that he sees far more liberal-leaning news outlets on television and indicated that Fox could use some competition from another right-leaning network. “Fox News has done a great job serving the center-right and independent audiences,” he said. “But those who consider themselves liberal have a half dozen or more choices on TV each day from which to get their news.”
The new network will reportedly rely on the Washington Times as its “primary source of news and analysis” from Washington, D.C., while its home studio will be based on the west coast. According to the Wall Street Journal, One American News Network has plans to launch July 1 and reach a relatively small number of 10-15 million homes.
Robert Herring’s son Charles Herring expanded on the company’s plans to compete with Fox in an interview with The Daily Beast.
“With only one outlet, if you happen to be an independent or a libertarian, or you are on the outside, you only have one platform right now, which is Fox,” he said. “There just isn’t enough time in the day to have those voices heard. I see us as opening up another front, another platform.”
Charles Herring also stressed the channel’s plan to draw a sharp line between straight news and opinion, despite the network’s planned conservative slant.
“The news used to be you would confirm your source multiple times, you would report the fact, and you would leave it up to the viewer to determine what we should or should not do. That is missing,” he said. “Cable networks, many of them, have blurred the line between delivering the news and information and delivering the personal views of the host. Nothing wrong with either one, but we just believe that they should be separated, and we are going to do that.”
Whether One America News Network will ultimately brand itself as a more or less conservative version of Fox News is yet to be seen. But the bigger question is, will conservative viewers embrace an alternative to Fox?
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