One America News Network (OANN) announced they have rescinded a very lucrative offer that would have put former FOX News anchor Bill O’Reilly back on the air.
OANN CEO Robert Herring made the announcement via twitter:
— Robert Herring (@RobHerring) June 20, 2017
The O’Reilly offer fueled speculation of a scramble behind the scenes to cobble together a new conservative news network to take on FOX News.
Over the past few weeks, there has been speculation about a new conservative network that would compete with Fox News. Mediaite exclusively reported on advanced talks with various talent and an active effort to lure Sean Hannity from FNC. Herring revealed that while he had discussions with current talent at Fox News, no specific offers or negotiations had yet occurred, wanting to wait for O’Reilly. Now that they’ve moved on from O’Reilly, it appears that these plans may have changed.
When asked if he sees an opportunity to compete directly with Fox News as the channel has experienced quite a bit of transition in recent months, Herring wasn’t quite ready to go that far. He did note, however, that he sees “opportunities for a good news channel,” adding “everybody’s competition in the news business.”
For now, O’Reilly is moving forward with plans for his own new show on his website.