- Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, said Sunday the conservative channel would never become an outlet for President Donald Trump.
- But Newsmax would be open to giving Trump his own weekly show once he has left the White House, Ruddy said.
- His comments followed a Wall Street Journal report that said Trump allies were interested in acquiring and investing in Newsmax, and trying to make it a competitor to Fox News.
- “Newsmax would never become ‘Trump TV,'” Ruddy told Variety in an interview Sunday evening.
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Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said Sunday the conservative TV channel would never become an outlet for President Donald Trump, despite rumors that Trump allies are interested in an acquisition.
“Newsmax would never become ‘Trump TV,'” Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, said in an interview with Variety Sunday evening.
“We have always seen ourselves as an independent news agency, and we want to continue with that mission,” he said.
But Ruddy said Newsmax “would be open to talking to him about a weekly show” once he has left office on January 20.
“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.
Newsmax’s viewership increased 156% during the election week starting November 1, averaging 182,000 viewers across the seven days, CNN and The Journal reported, citing Nielsen TV ratings.
The conservative TV channel crossed the 1 million-viewer mark on November 12 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. — for comparison, Fox News averaged almost 6 million viewers for the week starting November 1.
Fox News’ numbers were 22% higher than the four previous weeks, according to The Journal.
Nielsen ratings showed that while Newsmax averaged 102,000 viewers between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on November 2, Fox averaged 2.4 million — highlighting the gap between the two TV channels.