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Glenn Beck: ‘I Hate Politics. I Always Have’

GlennBeck.Glenn Beck talks to National Review about his transition from HLN to Fox News to TheBlaze. Beck — who recently said that he “made a lot of mistakes” during his time at Fox News — reveals that he never saw his time in television news as a long-term career prospect:

A former top-40 DJ, Beck tells me that his foray into TV news wasn’t meant to be permanent. “I hate politics, I always have,” he says. He was working on a TV drama along the lines of HBO’s Newsroom — about the news of the day and the people who put it together — when, in 2006, he got a call from Headline News, CNN’s sister network.

“We thought, well, might as well get in and figure out how television works and learn on somebody else’s dime,” Beck says. When Fox News came calling in 2008 — he was lured there by Joel Cheatwood, a former CNN executive who had jumped to Fox and who has since joined Beck in his new venture — Beck says he considered that gig a temporary one, too. “I walked in and I really thought, I’ll do this for a while because somebody has to ring the bell and then I’ll get out, and I’m still waiting to be able to pass the bell on to somebody else. Haven’t found him yet, but . . . ” He trails off.

Will NewsmaxTV Be the QVC of News?

NewsmaxTVChris Ruddy is taking a business built on magazine subscriptions, newsletters, self-help books, and vitamin supplements and adding a cable channel to the mix.

Ruddy, the conservative (but registered Independent) co-founder of Newsmax, talks with BusinessWeek about his latest venture, NewsmaxTV, which, starting in June, will broadcast 9 hours a day from new studios in Boca Raton, FL. “Our goal is to be a little more boomer-oriented, more information-based rather than being vituperative and polarizing,” he says. As for the business, Ruddy says he’s prepared to pay cable systems to carry the channel, and can make money in other ways, including selling Newsmax’s consumer products on TV.

Every viewer is a potential customer for his newsletters and vitamins. He’s also exploring partnerships with other conservative media entrepreneurs, including Glenn Beck and David Smith, CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI), which in 2013 bought Washington, D.C.’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV from Allbritton Communications. “Cable channels are getting between $2 and $8 per subscriber per month in advertising. My view is I need to make 60¢ per subscriber to break even … if I’m paying about 25¢ per subscriber in programming and 35¢ to the distributor. I already have the infrastructure to easily do this.”

The network will remain free on the Web and hopes to be in about 50 million homes through Dish Network, DirecTV and several cable systems. It will be years before NewsmaxTV will be truly competitive with other cable news networks, especially the one it will emulate most, Fox News which has been the most-watched cable news channel for 12 years.  But Ruddy will still try: “If we take 10 to 15 percent of the Fox audience and they are making $1 billion a year, then we are going to be hugely profitable.”

Glenn Beck’s ‘TheBlaze’ Skeptical of Comcast/TWC Deal

theblazelogoThe CEO of Glenn Beck‘s network TheBlaze says Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is not in the interest of start-up networks.

“As monopolies in the markets that they serve, cable companies often ignore their subscribers’ wishes,” Chris Balfe says in a statement, adding that major video programming distributors don’t have a good track record of “supporting independent programmers” like TheBlaze.

“We are skeptical that giving Comcast even more market power will benefit consumers, promote competition or lead to more diversity of voices or consumer choice on their channel line ups.”

TheBlaze is currently carried by DISH, Cablevision, Buckeye CableSystem, RCN, and 46 other operators across the country. They ran a social media campaign last summer to grow their provider base. Time Warner Cable and Comcast are not yet carriers.

Why You Won’t See Bieber’s Arrest on Al Jazeera America

al jazeera americaAt least one cable news network is staying away from today’s Justin Bieber drama: Al Jazeera America has not covered the pop star’s arrest aside from a brief mention in the 8amET hour.

An Al Jazeera America source tells TVNewser: “It didn’t hit the level of top news for us on a day when we have the Syrian talks, the Iranian President speaking at Davos, the West Virginia chemical spill continuing and other stories.”

The network has correspondents on location for each story: Nick Schifrin is in Switzerland for the peace talks, Ali Velshi is in Davos and Jonathan Martin is in Charleston. AJAM is also reporting today on Edward Snowden‘s online chat and the private security firm accused of defrauding the U.S. government by submitting 650,000 applications that were not fully vetted.

Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze has also declared itself a Bieber-free zone.

Glenn Beck: ‘I Made an Awful Lot of Mistakes’ at Fox News

Appearing on “The Kelly File” last night, Glenn Beck said he had “an awful lot of fun” and made “an awful lot of mistakes” during his time at Fox News.

“I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language,” Beck told Megyn Kelly. “Because I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart. And it’s not who we are. I didn’t realize how really fragile the people were. I thought we were kind of a little more in it together. Now I look back and I realize if we could have talked about the uniting principles a little bit more, instead of just the problems, I think I would look back on it a little more fondly.” Watch:


N.S. Bienstock Acquired by United Talent Agency

BienstockN.S. Bienstock, one of the nation’s biggest and most well-known agencies for TV news talent, has been acquired by United Talent Agency (UTA). Bienstock agents represent more than 600 TV news anchors, reporters and producers including Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, Megyn Kelly, Bob Scheiffer, Norah O’Donnell, David Muir, Glenn Beck, and Lara Logan.

N.S. Bienstock founders and co-presidents Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper will remain co-presidents of the company, managing day-to-day operations.

“Aligning with UTA and utilizing their global reach and resources while still retaining our personal touch is a significant step forward in the growth and evolution of N.S. Bienstock,” says Leibner.

UTA represents talent from the worlds of movies, television, digital media, video games, books, music and theatre. UTA will now be the largest agency in the TV news space.

Nate Bienstock started N.S. Bienstock in the 1940s as a life insurance business. His client list included a number of journalists, including Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid. Richard Leibner’s father Sol, bought into (and later bought) the business and, as TV news began to take off, Richard Liebner began negotiating contracts for clients. Liebner married Carole Cooper in 1964. She joined the firm and became an agent in 1976.

Full news release after the jump…

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Rupert Murdoch Stops By ‘The Five’

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch stopped by the set of “The Five” Monday, visiting the show’s co-hosts before they went on-air Tuesday.

Murdoch has every reason to be smiling: “The Five” has far outperformed expectations. Originally slated as a temporary summer replacement for Glenn Beck, “The Five” is now consistently one of the network’s highest-rated programs.

Last month, the show delivered its highest ratings of the year in total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Glenn Beck Armed For O’Reilly Appearance

BeckGlenn Beck brought along a century-old rifle for his appearance on the “O’Reilly Factor” last night.

Beck was on to talk about his new book, “Miracles and Massacres,” which focuses on untold American stories, one of which Beck says was the not so righteous Thomas Edison.

“Edison was a dirtbag,” Beck said, saying he lost his love for Edison after finding out he electrocuted dogs, horses, and cows.

He then showed off a rifle he said was used at the massacre at Wounded Knee.

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Glenn Beck is a Grandfather

Glenn Beck‘s daughter Hannah gave birth to a baby daughter this afternoon:

 

Hannah was married last October to Tim DiDonato, Design Manager of 1791 Supply & Co., Beck’s clothing line.

“I never was comfortable as a dad,” Beck tweeted last night. “My relationship with my dad was hard most of my life. But grandpa? I can do.”

Glenn Beck: We’ll ‘Put [the evening newscasts] out of business in the next three to five years’

Former Fox News host and TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck is the subject of this week’s New York Times Magazine interview. Beck talks about his offer to buy Current TV, living in Dallas, and the future of the network evening newscasts.

You’ve said The Blaze could put traditional TV news out of business. That’s a bold prediction.
I learned that when Barbara Walters came and did an interview with me. They had about 50 people in our studio for two days — more people in my offices than we had employees. All for an eight-minute segment.

But do you really think that will happen? 
The nightly news is doing a fine job of putting itself out of business. Who watches it? I mean really, besides my grandparents, who are both dead, who is watching the nightly news? I think we’ll be ready to put them out of business in the next three to five years.

Beck’s boast is in fact bold. The nightly newscasts typically draw a combined average of around 20 million viewers, hardly chump change, with each of them out-rating every normal cable news program. That said, as with the traditional cable news channels, the audience skews old, with younger viewers more often choosing to get their news online, rather than in a TV digest.

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