• Glenn Beck to Maybe Start His Own Cable Channel If We're All Very Lucky

    Glenn Beck seems poised to become the Oprah Winfrey of messianic cult-of-personality leaders of people who happily and thoughtlessly follow the every whim of their chosen shepherd.

    Or, I should say, Glenn Beck seems poised to become the male Oprah Winfrey of messianic cult-of-personality leaders of people who happily and thoughtlessly follow the every whim of their chosen shepherd

    The possibility that Glenn Beck will exit the Fox News Channel at the end of the year has prompted a big question in media circles: if he leaves, how will he bring his considerable audience with him?

    Two of the options Mr. Beck has contemplated, according to people who have spoken about it with him, are a partial or wholesale takeover of a cable channel, or an expansion of his subscription video service on the Web…

    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.

    You might be wondering how Beck will ever find enough borderline-schizophrenics with terrible ideas about the world to fill up a whole channel's programming schedule.

    Better question: How will he ever choose?


    Tags: Fox, Glenn Beck, Oprah Winfrey, Television

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