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Will Glenn Beck Be The Next Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern Or Arianna Huffington?

Reported by Ellen - March 23, 2011 -

I've previously posted about signs that Glenn Beck will leave Fox News when his contract expires (if not sooner). In a further sign, The New York Times reports today that Beck is contemplating starting his own cable channel. (H/T Think Progress)

Noting that other personalities such as Oprah Winfrey, Howard Stern and Arianna Huffington had "spun their personalities into media empires," The Times reported:

Reports this week that Joel Cheatwood, a senior Fox News executive, would soon join Mr. Beck’s growing media company, Mercury Radio Arts, were the latest indication that Mr. Beck intended to leave Fox, a unit of the News Corporation, when his contract expired at the end of this year.

Notably, Mr. Beck’s company has been staffing up — making Web shows, some of which have little or nothing to do with Mr. Beck, and charging a monthly subscription for access to the shows.

...Mr. Beck has been contemplating a cable channel of his own for more than a year, according to the people who have spoken with him about it, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Mr. Beck may not be able to actively pursue such an arrangement until his Fox contract is up.

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