Glenn Beck and FNC Part Ways…Sort Of

Business Insider’s Jay Yarrow has the release announcing that Glenn Beck’s TV show will end later this year but will be producing shows and content for FNC. It also announces Joel Cheatwood’s departure from FNC as Cheatwood joins Mercury Radio Arts, Beck’s production company. An oddity of Yarrow’s story is it references a story in The Blaze which has now been yanked

(New York, NY) Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s production company, are proud to announce that they will work together to develop and produce a variety of television projects for air on the Fox News Channel as well as content for other platforms including Fox News’ digital properties. Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year.

Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News said, “Glenn Beck is a powerful communicator, a creative entrepreneur and a true success by anybody’s standards. I look forward to continuing to work with him. ”

Glenn Beck said: “I truly believe that America owes a lot to Roger Ailes and Fox News. I cannot repay Roger for the lessons I’ve learned and will continue to learn from him and I look forward to starting this new phase of our partnership.”

Joel Cheatwood, SVP/Development at Fox News, will be joining Mercury Radio Arts effective April 24, 2011. Part of his role as EVP will be to manage the partnership and serve as a liaison with the Fox News Channel.

Roger Ailes said: “Joel is a good friend and one of the most talented and creative executives in the business. Over the past four years I have consistently valued his input and advice and that will not stop as we work with him in his new role.”

“Glenn Beck” is consistently the third highest rated program on cable news.

For the 27 months that “Glenn Beck” has aired on Fox News, the program has averaged more than 2.2 million total viewers and 563,000 viewers 25-54 years old, numbers normally associated with shows airing in primetime, not at 5pm. “Glenn Beck” has dominated all of its cable news competitors since launch.

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23 Responses to “Glenn Beck and FNC Part Ways…Sort Of”

  1. I guess the MediaMatters gang will be making good use of their sanitary protection today. Too bad he’s leaving on an uptick in ratings. Kind of kills the fantasy.

  2. Too bad he’s leaving on an uptick of sanity. Was it all an act?

  3. mlong5000 Says:

    Well atleast I’ll be able to watch FOX at 5pm again.

    Even though I’m not to big of a Beck’s hard to see how Media Matters or Color of Change can claim o much of a victory..he’ll be leaving still the highest rated show in his timeslot,he’ll still be producing programs and appearing on FOX shows that’ll pull in the ratings and whoever replaces him will still beat CNN and MSNBC.

    So in the words of a current well known famous philosopher….”Winning”

  4. Josh Kalb Says:

    Sounds to me like Fox will be helping him out with new projects and vice versa.

    Idea: Turn FBN into GBN at night.

    Glenn Beck Network: The Power to Perspire

    Just a thought.

    As for who to fill the slot? Megyn Kelly, duh! She’ll be going off on her maternity leave and return with a new show at a new time, just like last time. In the interim, maybe they can give Judge Napolitano and Eric Bolling more exposure for their FBN shows.

    The other possibility is a 2012 election themed show, which could be hosted by Kelly or any other anchor.

  5. — The Power to Perspire —

    That’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

  6. libertyandjustice Says:

    Josh’s idea: Turn FBN into GBN at night.

    Really not a bad business idea!

    Would beat both MSNBC and CNN. Also, would increase the demand for FBN to be carried on more cable line ups.

    Would drive the liberals crazy 🙂

  7. It’s nice to know this jerk is finally leaving! 😀

  8. In the interim, maybe they can give Judge Napolitano and Eric Bolling more exposure for their FBN shows.

    How many times do I have to say it? FBN already has an entire network for “FBN shows”. KEEP THAT CRAP OFF FNC.

    I would support a Megyn Kelly opinion hour at that time. Then maybe Fox could back back to doing a little news in her old timeslot.

  9. joeremi Says:

    Somebody here mentioned Beck’s eyesight raising havoc with his ability to read the telepromptor. He wears some seriously thick glasses, I wonder if that that has something to do with walking away from “on TV five days a week”.

  10. jackyboy Says:

    d4rkn1ght, he ain’t really leaving. Also, you don’t seem to be the person to watch Beck in the first place so why should it affect you?

  11. Grandpa Dave Says:

    I can’t remember if I mentioned it here or elsewhere, but I agree with joeremi about Beck’s eyesight being a factor in his decision. While macular degeneration rarely results in complete blindness, it would make hosting a TV show almost impossible.

    Good choice to quit while you’re still ahead.

  12. terance Says:

    Does anyone think FNC will sign Beck to a new contract after December?

  13. Josh Kalb Says:

    Joe, Judge Napolitano has filled in for Beck, and Bolling has filled in for O’Reilly, so my suggestions are not that far off from what could potentially happen.

    But I think the slot will permanently go to Megyn Kelly.

    And that eyesight thing is something I hadn’t thought of. We are assuming this has to do with Beck being controversial, but part of me wonders if their isn’t more to the story. Unlike previous cases where FNC talent left, Beck isn’t being compared to a dead racoon.

  14. Best news I’ve heard all day!

  15. libertyandjustice Says:

    Joe said: How many times do I have to say it? FBN already has an entire network for “FBN shows”. KEEP THAT CRAP OFF FNC.

    Over 2 million viewers per night at 5 PM, beating all the prime time shows on CNN or MSNBC seems like a good way to make a “crap” load of money and satisfy a market demand. FBN primetime morhing into the GB channel would be worth trying. I’ll bet he even beats The Factor!

    Joe, calm down, you don’t have to yell.

  16. joeremi Says:

    – you don’t have to yell –

    It’s a choice, brother. Freedom!

  17. terance Says:

    Over 2 million viewers per night at 5 PM

    I can see how you’re confused after reading FNC CNN MSNBC’s fruitless pressers pimping totals.

    DONG! Total viewers don’t matter for ratings… Only those that pay sub fees. However, the nets will have ya believe ratings are more important even though they make more coin off sub fees.

    Sure, both are important, but I doubt in my lifetime cable news will get paid for total viewers.

  18. starbroker Says:

    Depends on the network as to carriage/subscriber fees VS ad revenue.

    What do you think the CPM for the networks are based on? Its not on the “demo”.

  19. motownman Says:

    Megyn to 5 p.m. and Shannon Bream to AL would make a lot of sense.
    Martha is another option, but I’d think FNC would keep her where she is.

  20. joeremi Says:

    I’ll take Martha, who can get through a newshour without being a snarky, partisan jerkface. Shannon “Obama is pro-abortion” Bream is just as bad as Megyn.

  21. motownman Says:

    Martha can be pretty snarky in her own right.!506622/martha-maccallum-demands-respect

    Plus Shannon’s an attorney.

  22. joeremi Says:

    Those diva stories are useless. Nobody ever finds out if the car had been meticulously scheduled ahead, or if the parking garage screwing up put the driver in a really bad bind.

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