Jun 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Bill O'Reilly's show to air on conservative OTT network The First

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Bill O'Reilly's show, "No Spin News," which currently airs on his website and across YouTube, will be broadcast twice daily on The First, a conservative digital television network that runs on several platforms, including ViacomCBS-owned Pluto TV.

Why it matters: The Trump era has given rise to a number of newer, right-wing outlets, including The First, which leverage big names in conservative media to gain traction.

Details: The show will air twice daily at 8pm and 11pm ET from Monday.

  • It will be the same show that O'Reilly currently produces, just broadcast on The First.
  • O'Reilly's show, as well as other programming from the network, can be viewed for free on The First's owned and operated channels, as well as Pluto TV, the free, ad-supported video channel owned by ViacomCBS.
  • It will also be available on Sinclair Broadcast Group's streaming network STIRR, and DistroTV, a free streaming service.
  • The First network produces over 45 hours a week of original content, as well as rebroadcasted content, like "No Spin News."

Be smart: O'Reilly was forced out of Fox News in 2017 after being accused of sexual harassment. He's maintained a relationship with his loyal following, primarily through a fee-based membership-based access to his content.

  • Prior to exiting, "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News was one of the highest-rated cable news broadcasts for years.

The big picture: The First is one of a few networks bringing on big-name conservative talent to gain traction during the Trump era. It also added popular conservative pundit Dana Loesch to its daily lineup in January.

  • OANN (One America News Network) is another conservative networks that has risen during the Trump era. It's gotten special treatment by the White House during press briefings.
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group hired a slew of conservative pundits last year to elevate its lineup.
  • Newsmax, a conservative outlet run by Trump ally Chris Ruddy, hired O'Reilly's right-hand producer at Fox last year. There were rumblings last year that it was looking to hire former Fox News star Megyn Kelly.
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