Is Fox Giving Beck the Boot?

Is Fox Giving Beck the Boot?

The conservative TV host has seen his ratings plummet.

Published March 9, 2011

Ultraconservative talk-show host and vocal Obama critic Glenn Beck might be on his way out at Fox News, according to a New York Times report. His contract will expire in December.

 
Glenn Beck Since the premiere of  “The Glenn Beck Show” in 2009, Beck has challenged and blasted President Obama at every turn, once accusing him of being racist (saying Obama has a “deep-seated hatred for white people”) and also openly questioning whether or not the president is a socialist.

Despite the antics, Beck achieved incredible ratings during his heyday, bringing viewers to the network in droves. Lately, though, his numbers have taken a hit, falling from 2.8 million viewers to 1.8 million over the past year.

In addition to the fact that he’s lost more than one third of his audience since August, execs are not pleased that over 300 advertisers have yanked their commercials from his program since he called the president a racist, in the summer of 2009.

The talk about Beck and Fox parting ways could be the usual ploy that takes place ahead of network contract negotiations, since he undoubtedly remains extremely popular in his timeslot, with close to 2 million viewers each night. But the Times article did reveal that the network has spoken to Beck about lessening the apocalyptic tone of his show, likely because of its effect on Fox’s credibility.

 

Written by Hortense M. Barber

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