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Glenn Beck returns to television with Dish Network deal

September 12, 2012|By Meredith Blake
  • Former Fox News host Glenn Beck will return to television as part of a deal with Dish Network.
Former Fox News host Glenn Beck will return to television as part of a deal… (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles…)

Barely a year after leaving Fox News, Glenn Back is back on the airwaves. On Wednesday, satellite broadcaster Dish Network announced that The Blaze, Beck’s 24-hour online news and opinion network, would be available to its subscribers starting at 5 p.m. EDT.

Beck departed Fox News in June 2011 amid declining ratings for his eponymous program and allegations that he was becoming increasingly extreme in his viewpoint. A year ago exactly, he launched GBTV, an online video channel which has attracted some 300,000 paid subscribers. In June, GBTV merged with TheBlaze.com, the right-leaning news site Beck founded in 2010.

Beck will continue to host his daily talk show on The Blaze; the current slate of programming also includes other news and opinion shows, as well as a reality series (“Independence USA”) and even a kids’ program (“Liberty Treehouse”).

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Dish chief executive Joseph Clayton boasted that “with Glenn's return, Dish is truly the one stop for news, opinion and perspective across the full political spectrum."

This will come as cold comfort to fans of shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Portlandia.” These and other series are currently unavailable to Dish subscribers thanks to a standoff between the satellite broadcaster and AMC Networks, the company that owns AMC, IFC, Sundance and WEtv.

But hey, who needs “Mad Men” when you’ve got “Liberty Treehouse"?

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Follow Meredith Blake on Twitter @MeredithBlake.

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