Axios reported last week that Bannon has told friends that he sees an opportunity for a new network that could occupy an ideological space to the right of Fox News, an idea encouraged by ousted chairman and CEO Roger Ailes before his death earlier this year.
And according to Vanity Fair reporter Gabe Sherman, Bannon met with billionaire funder Robert Mercer last week and discussed Breitbart's options for expanding into television, including a potential partnership with Sinclair Media, which owns a large number of local television stations across the US.
"In recent days, Sinclair’s chief political analyst Boris Epshteyn has spoken with Breitbart editors about ways to form an alliance, one Breitbart staffer said. 'All the Sinclair guys are super tight with Breitbart. Imagine if we got together Hannity and O’Reilly and started something?'"
Rumors have swirled for months about a potential new cable network to rival Fox, but any potential traditional television network appears unlikely in the near future.
As Alex Weprin noted in Politico's Morning Media newsletter, the cost of starting a new conservative cable television channel would be an enormous undertaking. It would cost, at minimum, hundreds of millions of dollars, at a time when networks are concerned with cord-cutting.
Weprin also said that any partnership with Sinclair would be hobbled by different agreements with affiliates.
Breitbart could also follow the online model tried unsuccessfully by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who launched her own subscription streaming network in 2014. But such a venture would likely face many of the same obstacles: reaching the wide swath of older conservative viewers and attracting serious revenue to compete with Fox.
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First continuing the loaded use of 'right-wing' serves only to paint all conservatives as 'right wingers'. The left wins if we perpetrate this.
I would say Bannon very possibly will offer more for the populist movement for the GOP. I welcome that.
Robert, Fox is moving in an undesirable direction and yes I too am considering subscribing to another news source.
Barry I'm trying to cut the cord completely myself. It's tough but I have to admit, I still use Tweetdeck (an online twitter app) where I follow columns of various people and topics I'm interested in.
It's strange (no live news) I feel like I'm much more 'zeroed in' on the hot topics each day and I'm definitely going to sleep faster at night. Less crap floating around in my head. lol
I wonder who he'll try to 'steal' away from Fox? hahahaha!