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Glenn Beck: I Will Transition Away From Fox “News” Channel - UPDATED

Reported by Aunty Em - April 6, 2011 -

According to a press release from Mercury Arts: Glenn Beck has made official what has been rumored for a while. When his handshake contract with Fox “News” is up he’ll be heading for greener pastures. Joining him will be Joel Cheatwood, as “EVP” to “liaison with the Fox News Channel,” according to Roger Ailes, who predicts a continued relationship with Beck.

Parts of the Press Release can be found at StopBeck, but curiously the previously-working link to the press release at The Blaze now returns:

NOT FOUND – 404 - The page you requested could not be found. Perhaps searching will help.

Furthermore, a search of the entire site finds nothing. However, it appears to have been a face-saving, all-round ass-kissing, no-fault, bullshit-style statement. Luckily Angelo Carusone captured it before it went down the memory hole:

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.

It will be interesting to watch the slow fade of Glenn Beck and whether he even makes it to the end of his handshake in December. Will he end up owning his own channel? Transition to the series of tubes? Stay tuned.

* Link added

UPDATE #1

Full text of Mercury Arts Press Release at MMfA.

NYT Reaction.

UPDATE #2

A later search of The Blaze using the same parameters as above yielded a slightly different article.

Just yesterday on his Radio Drama Theatre Glenn Beck addressed Media Matters and the rumors he might be axed from Fox "News." MMfA Captured his sentiments with the headline "Beck: If I Leave Fox, "Don't You Ever Believe" That Media Matters "Caused A Victory."





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