Glenn Beck returns to TV with DISH network
Jon Stewart, it’s time to dust off that chalkboard.
Former Fox News host Glenn Beck is returning to television on his very own 24-hour satellite channel: TheBlaze TV, named after the live streaming video arm of Beck’s website (formerly known as GBTV). Beck’s new venture launches on Dish Network today, which also happens to be TheBlaze TV online’s one-year anniversary. TheBlaze.com was launched two summers ago, before Beck left Fox in June 2011.
Beck’s video site has attracted over 300,000 paying subscribers, according to Blaze CEO Christopher Balfe. The TV channel will be available to Dish subscribers both as a part of the provider’s 250 channel package or as an à la carte purchase for $5 a month. In a letter on GlennBeck.com, Balfe hints that other providers will soon follow Dish’s lead.
“TheBlaze has helped revolutionize television over the Internet and now we are excited to bring the revolution back to traditional television,” Beck said in a statement. “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.”
According to a press release, the network’s lineup features several shows already available on TheBlaze TV online, including “an opinion show hosted by Andrew Wilkow, the reality show Independence USA, the kid’s show Liberty TreeHouse, the news show Real News, and the comedy news show The B.S. of A.”
Perhaps this new channel will satisfy customers who miss AMC programs like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, which have been absent from Dish since this summer. The provider still has not settled its dispute with the acclaimed cable network.