Tara Setmayer, Communications Director for House Rep Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), is leaving her Capitol Hill post for an on-air gig with Glenn Beck‘s Blaze network, Politico reports. The former media commentator and political consultant will co-anchor BlazeTV‘s Real News program. Setmayer’s TV punditry resume includes guest commentary on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, The Sean Hannity Show, Fox and Friends, ABC’s 20/20, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper, C-SPAN, and Beck’s own The Glenn Beck Program.
Cablevision announced today that Glenn Beck‘s news, opinion and entertainment network TheBlaze will be added to Optimum TV’s line-up in late May. TheBlaze is the exclusive provider of The Glenn Beck Program. The network also offers original news and opinion shows such as Real News, Wilkow! and For The Record, late-night comedies The Wonderful World Of Stu and B.S. Of A., family-friendly Liberty Treehouse as well as documentaries and original specials. TheBlaze first launched online on September 12, 2011 as GBTV and became a television network the following year. TheBlaze will be available to Optimum’s residential customers with the Optimum Preferred, Silver and Gold Packages and to commercial customers with Optimum Business or Optimum Entertainment.
Glenn Beck and Vince Vaughn are going into the reality TV business together. The former Fox News host and the actor-producer will be executive producers of Pursuit Of The Truth, a competition series for Beck’s online network TheBlaze. Beck announced the deal on his radio show today. “That should make everybody’s head spin. What the hell is Vince Vaughn doing with a crazy man? I know, that’s what my friends say. Glenn, what are you doing with the crazy man Vince Vaughn,” said the host. TheBlaze, Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Prods and Go Go Lucky Entertainment will produce the show, which will see 20 contestants fight for the prize of financing and global distribution for their documentary feature. “Our goal is to create a powerful annual platform to help filmmakers tell important and engaging stories,” said Wild West’s Peter Billingsley. The series is currently taking applications online until January 31. Go Go will lead the production of the nine-episode Truth, and producers say the series will debut on TheBlaze in spring 2013.
It doesn’t look like Dish Network is using Charlie Rose, C-SPAN, or Firing Line as models for the program it will air on October 2, the night before the first presidential debate. The satellite company calls its special with Glenn Beck and former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer The War Of The Words. And it introduced the event at a press conference today by inviting boxing MC Michael Buffer to stand in the middle of a mock ring and to deliver his catchphrase — “Let’s get ready to rumble!” — as he brought out what he called the “heavyweights on the right and the left.” They’ll square off in front of a live audience for the broadcast, which will be offered on Dish’s channel 102 and streamed online at www.facebook.com/DISH. It will promote Dish’s pickup yesterday of Beck’s TheBlaze online video content as well as Current TV, where the Spitzer hosts a weeknight talk show: Viewpoint With Eliot Spitzer. Dish CEO Joseph Clayton says that his company ”offers more political programming than anyone else.” TheBlaze is included DISH’s America’s Top 250 package; Current TV is included in America’s Top 200 package. Both also can be purchased a la carte for $5 a month starting later this month.
Just as the presidential election heads into the final stretches, Glenn Beck is headed back to the tube. The former Fox News host’s TheBlazeTV, which he launched a year ago under the moniker GBTV, is expanding into satellite television in partnership with Dish Network. The 24-hour online streaming news, information and entertainment platform will be located at channel 212 and launches today at 5 pm ET. Beck’s daily show will be part of the package as will an opinion show hosted by Andrew Wilkow, reality program Independence USA, kid’s offering Liberty TreeHouse, news show Real News and comedy news program The B.S. of A. Programming will also remain avaialble online at TheBlazeTV.com.
The controversial Beck left Fox News last year amid a ratings decline for his Glenn Beck show. In June of 2011, he announced the launch of what was then known as GBTV, a live streaming video network that featured his daily 5-7 PM show for $5 a month. TheBlaze CEO, Christopher Balfe, said today, “At launch, our goal was to deliver TV over the Internet, not Internet TV.” Beck added, “TheBlaze has helped revolutionize television over the Internet and now we are excited to bring the revolution back to traditional television.”
In a blog post to TheBlaze, Balfe said the site has over 300,000 paying subscribers. He told The New York Times TheBlaze will seek full distribution in the U.S.’s roughly 100M …
(New York, NY September 5th) TheBlaze, Glenn Beck’s news, information, entertainment, and e-commerce network announced today TheBlaze Radio Network, a brand-new online radio channel. TheBlaze Radio Network will be the new exclusive home for renowned nationally syndicated talk-radio personality and Marconi Award nominee Jay Severin. The line-up will also include a simulcast of The Glenn Beck Radio Program, America’s third-highest rated radio show which Premiere syndicates to over 400 affiliates across the country, a re-launched show hosted by Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray and audio simulcasts of TheBlaze TV shows. TheBlaze Radio Network can be heard starting later this month on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free industry-leading digital radio service, TheBlaze.com and TheBlaze iPhone and iPad apps.
CENTENNIAL, Colo.– Following his successful series of six past cinematic events, leading media personality Glenn Beck returns to the big screen this fall with a new comedy stage show, “Glenn Beck’s Unelectable 2012 Live.” Broadcast live from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT (tape delayed) / 8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed), Beck will use the debate format to say the things politicians can’t – or won’t – say during this election season. From Democrats to Republicans, law makers to law breakers – no one is safe from Beck and his biting, straight-from-the-hip commentary. “Glenn Beck’s Unelectable 2012 Live” will be followed by a second showing in select theaters on September 25 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
The big news here is that the radio giant’s Premiere Networks will continue to syndicate Beck’s radio show, and extend its relationship handling ad sales for the former Fox News pundit’s digital properties. The five-year deal should deliver $100M to Beck according to The New York Times, which was pre-briefed on the terms. But the most intriguing part of the announcement is at the end: Beck’s live-streamed video network, GBTV, has a deal with animation production company Icebox “to jointly develop an animated comedy series.” Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the ball’s in your court.
LOS ANGELES, June 11, 2012 – Premiere Networks, the leading audio content provider in the country, and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multi-media production company, announced today that they are renewing and extending their agreements to syndicate The Glenn Beck Program, America’s third-highest-rated radio show. The Glenn Beck Program has grown tremendously since their last agreement. Over the past five years, the program has experienced ratings growth of nearly 50%, and has added nearly 200 radio affiliates, bringing its current total to more than 400 stations (Source: Arbitron, SP’06 to FA’11, Nationwide, Exact Times, AQH, P 12+). In addition, 2012 marks The Glenn Beck Program’s 10th anniversary in national radio syndication.
EXCLUSIVE: GBTV, Glenn Beck’s live streaming video network, has picked up its first reality series, Independence U.S.A. The show, which will premiere January 18 and air on Wednesdays, follows Frank Belcastro and his family as they try to become completely independent and self-sufficient and prepare for life “off the grid” in case of a major calamity like an economic collapse or a natural disaster. Belcastro’s projects include building a car that runs on wood in case gasoline supplies are interrupted, becoming an expert hunter when grocery stores are no longer in existence, and making his own alcohol for barter when the dollar collapses. “Independence U.S.A. is the perfect way for GBTV to enter the reality genre and promises to be an entertaining and informative look at how one family tries to grapple with their concerns for America,” said Joel Cheatwood, President of Programming at GBTV. The deal for Independence U.S.A. comes on the heels of GBTV’s pact with animation production company Icebox to jointly develop an animated comedy series. Anchored by Beck’s two-hour daily talk show, which airs live from 5-7 PM, GBTV’s lineup also includes Liberty Tree House and the comedy news show The B.S. of A. Here is a trailer for Independence U.S.A.:
Fox News Channel’s ensemble opinion show, The Five, launched as a summertime replacement for Glenn Beck after his June 30 departure, has been given the 5 PM time slot on a permanent basis. The roundtable of five co-hosts will feature rotating FNC personalities Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Juan Williams, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros. “The Five is unlike any show in news and politics, from the co-hosts’ chemistry to the provocative yet fun presentation style,” said Fox News chairman and The Five creator Roger Ailes. “It has quickly connected with the audience, and I’m pleased to install it in our daily lineup.” The Five has steadily built viewership since its debut, increasing by 16% in total viewers and 26% in 24-54. It ranked as the sixth-most-watched show in cable news with in Q3 with an average of 1.4 million total viewers.
Don’t hold your breath, but Roger Ailes said in a new interview with Newsweek that over the past year his Fox News Channel — considered the conservative option to rival cable news networks CNN and MSNBC — has embarked on a “course correction” in how it presents opinion on the air. Ailes says the shift occurred after the nasty rhetoric immediately following the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in January. It takes awhile to get to the point in the Howard Kurtz piece, but here’s the nut graph:
Glenn Beck’s inflammatory rhetoric—his ranting about Obama being a racist—“became a bit of a branding issue for us” before the hot-button host left in July, Ailes says. So too did Sarah Palin’s being widely promoted as the GOP’s potential savior—in large measure through her lucrative platform at Fox. Privately, Fox executives say the entire network took a hard right turn after Obama’s election, but, as the Tea Party’s popularity fades, is edging back toward the mainstream.
It’s possible that the departure of Glenn Beck after the commentator and network allegedly couldn’t agree on a new contract back in April is part proof of the new direction at Fox News. And Ailes took the opportunity in the article to take little shots at his Fox News colleagues Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly and fellow “conservative” Joe Scarborough at MSNBC. …
Forget Glenn Beck’s right-wing politics and conspiracy theories for a moment if you can: The launch today of his daily show on his new GBTV Web platform (at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT) makes this “a watershed day for the media/television industry,” BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield says. Media execs, he adds, “should be very afraid” because Beck may demonstrate how content creators can “build their brands outside the traditional content gatekeeper system with greater creative freedom and the potential for generating far more wealth over time.” Beck’s followers are giving him a strong start. The Wall Street Journal says that 230,000 people have already subscribed to GBTV — potentially giving it a bigger audience than Oprah Winfrey’s cable network OWN, which averages 156,000 viewers. GBTV costs $4.95 a month just for Beck’s two-hour daily show and $9.95 for Beck plus other programming. That suggests the former Fox News star will generate at least $13.7M a year from subscribers — and probably a lot more: At least 80,000 people already pay $9.95 a month for his “Insider” service that includes Beck’s daily radio show. All told, Greenfield figures subscribers will pay $27M a year for GBTV. And that’s before the enterprise lines up advertising. If the numbers pan out, then media execs won’t be the only people who’ll be afraid of GBTV.
Deadline Hollywood has learned that popular Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly will make her return from maternity leave on Monday Aug. 8. That is exactly four months after Kelly’s last broadcast on April 8. She gave birth to her second child, a girl, the following week, on April 14. When contacted, Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti confirmed Kelly’s return date.
Despite speculation that Kelly may take over the 5 PM slot vacated by the departure of Glenn Beck, she will resume her duties as solo anchor of her program, America Live with Megyn Kelly, which airs from 1-3 PM ET, while The Five, which has been airing in the 5 PM hour, is expected to continue its run through the summer as originally planned. Several FNC anchors rotated in filling in for Kelly during her maternity leave: Martha MacCallum, Alisyn Camerota, Shannon Bream and Gretchen Carlson. Kelly, a former corporate litigator, has been a rising star since joining FNC in 2004. The anchor, who also has a weekly segment on the network’s top-rated program The O’Reilly Factor, has become a pop culture fixture, listed as one of TV’s hottest anchors by Maxim and appearing in a sexy spread in GQ magazine.
Fox News is taking a platoon approach this summer to fill Glenn Beck’s former time slot. It has announced a new show called The Five that will feature commentators including Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, and Bob Beckel. Beck’s last show is tonight. Here’s the release:
With Glenn Beck’s shows on Fox News Channel numbered, he will get one fewer as the cable news network has decided to preempt his Glenn Beck this Friday. The live show will be replaced by a taped special about political scandals hosted by Fox News primetime anchor Greta Van Susteren. The move comes on the day Beck announced the September relaunch of his show on the Web as part of live streaming video network GBTV which will charge viewers monthly subscription as well as seek advertisers. The announcement was supported by a big story in New York Times and a massive ad buy on Drudge Report. Asked about the timing of Glenn Beck‘s preemption, Fox News spokeswoman denied any correlation but said, “At least we will be able to sell the special,” a reference to the mass exodus of advertisers from Beck’s show over his controversial remarks. year-to-date, Glenn Beck is down 33% in 25-54 year-to-year and 24% in total viewers, most of any other news program. Beck, whose last show on Fox News airs June 30, still wins the 5 PM hour.
Beginning on September 12, viewers will once again be able to watch departing Fox News host Glenn Beck at 5 PM, but this time it will cost them $5 a month. Glenn Beck’s company Mercury Radio Arts will launch GBTV – a live streaming video network, which will feature Glenn’s new daily 5-7 PM show, as well as other “original and licensed information and entertainment programming.” The company claims it already has over 80,000 paying subscribers. Joel Cheatwood, the former Fox News Channel who joined Mercury earlier this year, has been named President of Programming for GBTV and will oversee Beck’s show. GBTV, which will charge $5 a month for Beck’s new show and $10 for the entire network, will launch with two other programs: a six-camera simulcast of Glenn’s three hour radio show and The 4th Hour starring Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere. In addition to subscriptions, it will also rely on advertising, an area where Beck’s current TV show has had problems as a slew of advertisers pulled from it over some of the host’s controversial statements. “GBTV is the future,” said Beck, whose last show on Fox News airs June 30.
Since Glenn Beck’s pending exit as Fox News host was announced last week, media attention has focused primarily on Judge Andrew Napolitano as a potential replacement for the 5 PM slot. Further fueling speculations, Napolitano, who has served as a guest host on the program before, was tapped to sub for Beck, who is on tour, three days this week. But Napolitano’s ratings came in below expectations. Monday through Wednesday, he averaged 1.66 million viewers, down 19% from Beck’s March average, and 345,000 viewers in the 25-54 demo, down 32% from Beck’s average. Fox News still won the hour by a comfortable margin, largely because of its overall strength throughout the day, but the network may hesitate to go with someone who drops so much from Beck’s March levels, which were already dramatically down from his heyday in the slot. Fox News is expected to continue to try out hosts. Last night, Fox News/Fox Business Network’s Eric Bolling anchored the program. Ratings for that show will be available later this afternoon.
At the end of his show today, Glenn Beck addressed his pending departure as Fox News talk show host. “When I took this job, I didn’t take it because it was going to be a career for me,” Beck said. “Paul Revere did not get up on the horse and say, ‘I’m going to do this for the rest of my life.’ He didn’t do it. He got off his horse at some point and fought in the revolution, and then he went back to silver-smithing.” Beck didn’t elaborate much on his future plans beyond saying that “I will continue to tell the story.” He also made a plug for Fox News. “Fox is one of the only places you will find truth,” he said. “Spread the word. Stick together and together we will do the right thing for our country and for our world.” Here’s the video: