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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.

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Former Fox News Anchor Laurie Dhue Joins TheBlaze

Laurie Dhue is officially joining Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze as an anchor and host. She will continue to host “For the Record,” an original documentary series, as well as anchor primetime news updates and breaking news coverage.

Dhue spent eight years at Fox News, where she anchored the weekend edition of “Fox Report” and appeared weekly on “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Geraldo at Large.” She has also worked at CNN and MSNBC. In 2011, she publicly revealed her struggle with alcoholism.

“In typical fashion, Glenn continues to go boldly where very few have dared, taking traditional broadcast journalism and turning it on its ear. I relish this rare opportunity to be on the ground floor of an organization that could change the industry as we know it,” Dhue said in a statement.

“Laurie is an incredibly talented journalist who has done amazing work both throughout her career and as host of ‘For the Record,’” TheBlaze president and chief content officer Joel Cheatwood said. “We are thrilled to have her join TheBlaze full time as we continue to expand our original programming.”

Conway Cliff Named VP of Program Development at TheBlaze

Former CNN and HLN executive producer Conway Cliff has been named vice president of program development at TheBlaze, Glenn Beck‘s network.

In his new role, Cliff will work with TheBlaze’s president and chief content officer, Joel Cheatwood, on new programming and business development. He was most recently a consultant for Wilkow, a recently launched show on TheBlaze hosted by conservative satellite radio personality Andrew Wilkow.

Before joining TheBlaze, Conway oversaw development of “The Joy Behar Show” and “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” on HLN. He has also worked as an executive producer at CNN and as a producer at CNBC.

So Long GBTV, Glenn Beck’s Web TV Network To Rebrand As TheBlaze

One year after officially announcing his new web-TV venture GBTV, former Fox News host Glenn Beck is changing it up. Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, will merge GBTV with, its news and opinion website, and, its eCommerce site, into one multimedia company, to be called TheBlaze.

As part of the merger, GBTV will now be called TheBlaze TV. CNN’s Steve Krakauer spoke to Beck about the change:

“I didn’t like the name GBTV from the very beginning for a couple of reasons,” Beck said in an exclusive interview with “One, it’s a little egocentric, and two, it’s television, which doesn’t describe necessarily what we do.”

Executives at GBTV and TheBlaze, who include former Fox News executive Joel Cheatwood, Premiere Radio Networks executive Kraig Kitchin and former Huffington Post CEO Betsy Morgan will take on slightly tweaked roles in the new venture as co-presidents, each overseeing an aspect of the new company. More information on those roles, after the jump.

For GBTV, the move helps align the company’s fastest-growing properties under one umbrella. has quickly established itself as a viable news and commentary site, while GBTV continues to add new subscribers every month. By combining resources and a name, the company may be able to shuttle visitors back and forth, and make it easier for new visitors to wrap their head around the products the company produces.

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Former HLN, MSNBC Producer Joins GBTV Ranks

Former Fox News host Glenn Beck continues to add to his ranks at GBTV, his online TV network. The latest addition is Virginia Leahy, who joins the company as a senior producer. Leahy is no stranger to Beck, having worked with him at HLN, before going on to help launch “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” and “Joy Behar.” Before HLN she served as a producer at MSNBC, and also held positions at Oxygen and ABC News.

At GBTV she will be tasked with working with GBTV programming chief Joel Cheatwood to develop a new program, with a host and format still TBD.

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Kiran Chetry Leaving CNN for a ‘Very Special Opportunity’ Elsewhere

July 29th will be Kiran Chetry‘s last day at CNN, with the anchor leaving to take a “very special opportunity” elsewhere, according to someone familiar with her decision.

Chetry co-anchored “American Morning” this AM with Ali Velshi (right), after announcing her decision to depart the network to staff yesterday afternoon. She is expected to continue on the show until the 29th, with Velshi and Christine Romans continuing as interim anchors.

For “American Morning,” the Chetry move is the latest shakeup for the show, which has had a tumultuous year talent-wise. John Roberts left the program last year, and since then the show has had a revolving door of anchors. TVNewser hears that a formal decision on the future of CNN mornings could come in the next few months. The decision would solidify the morning hours with a permanent replacement, but there is also a chance that more talent could depart the network as a result.

In a goodbye note to “AM” staff, Chetry had kind words for her staff, as well as current and former bosses. CNN Worldwide chief Jim Walton, former CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and former Fox News executive Joel Cheatwood.

Chetry’s note to staff is after the jump.

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Glenn Beck’s GBTV Becomes Official, Will Use Subscription Business Model

In late May, TVNewser broke the news that outgoing Fox News host Glenn Beck would be launching a web-based TV network called GBTV later this year, after he leaves the channel. Today, Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, formally announced the service.

GBTV is live at now, with select programming already available. Beck will take his Fox News show to GBTV starting September 12. The show will air every weekday from 5-7 PM ET, and will also be available on demand. As we reported, former FNC executive Joel Cheatwood will be in charge of programming for the web TV network.

The service will use a subscription model, so users can pay $4.95 per month for access just to Beck’s show, or $9.95 for a premium membership with access to all of the site’s programming. It will also feature advertising, providing the dual-revenue stream model that cable networks have.

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Glenn Beck’s Last Day On Fox Slated for June 30

Fox News host Glenn Beck‘s last day at the channel is currently slated for June 30, according to Mediaite.

As we reported yesterday, Beck had a rough month ratings-wise in May, slipping -17% in total viewers and -33% in the adults 25-54 demo compared to last year. That said, he still handily topped his competition on CNN and MSNBC. In fact only two shows drew higher ratings than Beck in all of cable news: “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity,” both of which are in primetime.

A source with knowledge of the situation says that June 30 has always been the planned date for Beck’s departure, so the May ratings were not a factor in setting it.

As TVNewser first reported last week, Beck is planning to launch a web-based TV network called GBTV after he leaves FNC. No launch window has been given for the new service, but as we reported at the time former FNC executive Joel Cheatwood is already developing programming for it.

FNC has not named a permanent replacement for Beck, though one name that we have heard in conversations is Megyn Kelly, who went on maternity leave after having her second child earlier this year.

Fox News spokeswoman Irena Briganti tells us, “There are several people being considered for the 5pm timeslot.”

Glenn Beck Planning Web TV Channel GBTV, Tagline: ‘The Truth Lives Here’

Outgoing Fox News host Glenn Beck and his company, Mercury Radio Arts, are developing a new service called “GBTV,” which will be a web-based TV channel, according to sources familiar with the matter as well as trademark applications filed by the company.

GBTV will be based at, which Mercury acquired in January.

Mercury also filed a trademark on a tagline for the channel: “The Truth Lives Here,” as well as a logo (pictured after the jump), based on the logo for his “InsiderExtreme” subscription service.

The trademark applications are limited exclusively to programming delivered via the internet, so it is not likely that GBTV will become an actual TV network anytime in the near future. Mercury also filed the GBTV trademark for ancillary products, like DVDs, podcasts, mobile applications and video games.

Back in March, the New York Times floated the possibility that Beck would either start his own cable channel, or expand his presence on the web:

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Glenn Beck: I will be leaving New York City

Glenn Beck wrapped up a week of road shows in Albany last night and it appears Beck is not only leaving Fox News, he’s also leaving the New York area.

Beck says he’s sold his Connecticut mansion, which had been listed for more than a year. Leaving New York is something he’s hinted at on his radio show, but this is more of a confirmation of his future plans.

Beck also outlined his post-Fox News future — for his company, and himself. According to Joe Brooks of Mercury Radio Arts is going to develop a research department “that will utilize the idle brains that we have — retired CIA and military,” Beck says. “What you are about to see in a few months is a new way to communicate with each other,” Beck predicted, adding that he’s going to “build a way to deliver news directly to the youth of America.” Much of that work will likely be headed up by Joel Cheatwood whose last day at Fox News was April 8 and who is now EVP at Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts.

“The last thing I will be doing,” said Beck to the Albany crowd, “I will be leaving New York City. As we build new media I’m not building it in New York.”

While Beck may be relocating, TVNewser has learned Mercury Radio Arts, with its more than 50 employees, will continue to have its New York office.