Glenn Beck to charge for GBTV


TV and radio talker Glenn Beck is moving online as he prepares to leave Fox News on 6/30. On 6/7, Beck and his production company Mercury Radio Arts launched an online video network called GBTV “The Truth Lives here” that will feature a new two-hour show hosted Beck starting in September as well as a range of original and licensed entertainment and news content. This follows the announcement of his new book division just a week ago.

Beck’s show will air at 5 p.m. ET, the same time slot he had on Fox News. It will also be available on demand. GBTV has a tiered paywall: Subscribers can pay $4.95 a month for access to Beck’s two-hour daily show only, or $9.95 a month for GBTV Plus, providing access to the full slate of programming. The network will also be supported by advertising. GBTV will stream a six-camera simulcast of his three-hour radio show and a behind-the-scenes show about the making of the new network.

All 80,000 members of Insider Extreme, Beck’s premium subscription site, will be migrated over to GBTV. Clear Channel will promote GBTV on over 100 of its talk stations, which reach 13 million listeners each month. His radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, has over 10 million listeners a week.