Glenn Beck's Fox Show to End This Year

Glenn Beck's show has a definitive end date, which is sometime 'later this year,' according to apress release posted on his website, The Blaze. But don't get too excited yet... in the wake of the cancellation, his media company, Mercury Radio Arts, and Fox can start a new venture in which Beck will be producing 'a variety of television projects' for the Fox Channel. Lifetime-style afterschool specials, perhaps? From the press release:

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.

Third highest in 2009, maybe. Beck was valuable to Fox in rallying the Tea Party base and providing a platform for the most extreme-right views, so despite all the advertiser boycotts, they kept him on. But his viewership has been dwindling for the better part of a year -- the latest Nielsen ratings show his audience dropoff is double that of any other Fox program. Clearly without the viewers, the channel has less incentive to keep him on air. 

And with the 2012 election coming up -- and Rupert Murdoch's vested interest in it -- it's very possible his time card's being clocked because Murdoch doesn't want him representing Fox, and therefore the GOP, during the campaign cycle. An over-the-top, conspiracist wingnut like Beck is useful/sustainable during the Midterms, but with a Presidency at stake, when the Republicans need more Independents and moderates, he's more likely to hurt the party than help it.

Keep checking for updates, and read more here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 6, 2011, 7:12am