One America News looks to give FOX News viewers a Conservative cable alternative
Michelle Clancy | 18-03-2013
Herring Broadcasting is throwing its hat into a ring occupied by one other contender: Conservative cable news. Herring said that it will launch a national cable news network in the US, One America News, aimed at providing an alternative to FOX news. The launch is set for the Fourth of July.
"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," said Robert Herring Sr, CEO of Herring Broadcasting, in a statement announcing the network.
Herring Broadcasting is also the owner of Wealth TV and The Washington Times, and the new network will rely on the latter as its primary source of news and analysis. Broadcasts will originate from a TV studio adjacent to the paper's newsroom and will look to provide "viewers with self-described independent, conservative and libertarian values," Herring added.
The launch brings some much-needed diversity to the right-leaning side of the news spectrum on cable. "FOX News has done a great job serving the centre-right and independent audiences. But those who consider themselves liberal have a half dozen or more choices on TV each day from which to get their news," Herring said.
Charles Herring, Robert's son and president of Wealth TV and Herring Broadcasting, noted that the channel plans to offer news and analysis in a straightforward way, without being coloured by the personal feelings of the anchors. That's where the paper tie-in comes in.
"The Times is an authoritative voice on policy, politics and national security news in Washington, and it provides our network a powerful reporting and analytical capability to help our viewers make sense of developments in an increasingly complex and polarized capital city," he said.
He added, "We're excited to have reporters, editors and commentators from Ralph Hallow to Emily Miller, who can whisk into the studio from The Times' newsroom and provide real-time, trusted reporting and credible analysis on the pressing issues of the day."