Newsmax TV is an American conservative news channel owned by Newsmax Media. The network primarily focuses on opinion-based talk shows. It carries a news/talk format throughout the day and night, with documentaries and films on weekends. During the 2020 United States presidential election, it grew rapidly by broadcasting conspiracy theories and false allegations of voter fraud.
The channel was created by American journalist and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy. It launched on June 16, 2014, to 35 million satellite subscribers through DirecTV and Dish Network.As of May 2019, the network reaches about 75 million cable homes and has wide streaming and digital media player/mobile device availability. The channel primarily broadcasts from Newsmax’s New York studio on Manhattan’s East Side, with two headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. and Washington, D.C.
Newsmax TV holds a conservative-leaning political stance, broadcasting many programs hosted by conservative media personalities. CEO Christopher Ruddy has compared the network to Fox News. The company has hired many former Fox News Channel program hosts, including Greg Kelly, Rob Schmitt, Bob Sellers, and Heather Childers. The Washington Post described Newsmax as “a landing spot for cable news personalities in need of a new home”, citing the network’s airing of Mark Halperin and Bill O’Reilly following their resignations from other networks due to controversies. Newsmax aired their programs under time purchase agreements, and neither Halperin or O’Reilly has been employed by Newsmax.