Oh boy. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...
Glenn Beck is heading back to TV, as TheBlaze, his online 24-hour news network has reached a deal with the Dish Network that will see Dish carry his network exclusively, for a period of time. TheBlaze intends to create similar deals with other pay TV outlets.
Beck, a former Fox News star, launched the online GBTV network a year ago and it quickly grew. The flagship of TheBlaze will be Beck's daily show (which luckily is not Beck's The Daily Show) and will be available to Dish subscribers who purchase the company's America's Top 250 channel package or a la carte for $5 a month, the companies said.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, "TheBlaze, which includes a mix of news reporting, curated content, opinion and entertainment, will also continue to be available directly through its online subscription platform on TheBlaze.com and various Internet-connected devices. A Dish subscription is not necessary online. The site has said it has about 300,000 paying subscribers who get charged $9.95 per month of $99.95 a year."
"TheBlaze has helped revolutionize television over the Internet, and now we are excited to bring the revolution back to traditional television," said Beck. "TheBlaze will be home to news, information and entertainment programming with the facts and stories people care about most and we look forward to kicking things off with Dish."