Although Glenn Beck himself is characterizing the change as a “new phase” of his “partnership” with Roger Ailes’ conservative-magnet cable channel, the bottom line of this story is that Beck’s show will be phased out of the Fox News programming lineup later this year. —KA
“Media Alley” in The Wrap:
In a carefully-worded statement, Fox News and Mercury Radio Arts, Beck’s production company, announced 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.”
But “Glenn intends to transition off of his daily program, the third highest rated in all of cable news, later this year.”
“I truly believe that America owes a lot to Roger Ailes and Fox News,” Beck said in a statement. “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.”
Ailes called Beck “a powerful communicator, a creative entrepreneur and a true success by anybody’s standards. I look forward to continuing to work with him.”
[...] Rumors have been swirling about Beck’s television contract with Fox for months—and his ratings have been fizzling much longer. Through March 1, Beck’s show was down 35 percent in total viewers in 2011 (averaging 1.9 million over the first seven weeks, compared to 2.93 million last year) and 44 percent in the 25-to-54-year-old demographic (447,000 vs. 793,000 a year ago). Through March, Beck was down 30 percent in total viewers, and 37 percent among 25-to-54-year-olds. And it’s seen nine consecutive month-over-month declines in total viewers, and seven among 25-to-54-year-olds.