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Newsmax CEO said that the channel would never become “Trump TV,” but he would be open to giving the President a weekly show, according to Business Insider.
CEO Christopher Ruddy said in an interview with Variety on Sunday that the conservative channel would never become an outlet for President Donald Trump, despite rumors that Trump allies are interested in the acquisition. “We have always seen ourselves as an independent news agency, and we want to continue with that mission,” he said. However, Ruddy mentioned that the channel would be open to talking to Trump about a weekly show once he has left office.
“He is going to be a political and media force after he leaves the White House,” he added. His comments came after The Wall Street Journal reported that Hicks Equity Partners, an investment firm connected to the Republican National Committee, was exploring the possibility of acquiring and investing in Newsmax. Its intention was to set up a competitor to Fox News, The Journal reported. Newsmax has supported Trump throughout the election. The outlet criticized Fox News’ hosts after they rejected Trump’s claims that election results in favor of President-elect Joe Biden were not valid.
Trump has also reposted some of the TV channel’s clips on Twitter. Ruddy said in the interview that “we are not actively selling” but “investors, investment banks, and strategic players” had expressed interest. “We listen to them, but our main focus is continuing: We would like to overtake Fox News in the next 12 months, and I think it’s do-able,” he added. Media experts from CNN reported Wednesday that regular Fox News viewers have been switching to Newsmax since Fox declared Biden the winner of the election.
ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR: CONNOR KMIECIK