NEW YORK, April 6 Conservative U.S. television
host Glenn Beck is leaving his daily television show with cable
channel Fox News, amid falling ratings.
The controversial 47-year-old radio and television host
"intends to transition off of his daily program," called "Glenn
Beck," later this year, Fox News and Beck's production company,
Mercury Radio Arts, said in a joint statement on Wednesday.
Fox said Beck will "develop and produce a variety of
television projects" for Fox News and other platforms in the
future, but did not give details.
Beck's show draws an average of about 1.9 million viewers,
dwarfing the ratings for other cable news shows in the time
But his ratings for the first quarter of this year are down
30 percent in average viewership. In the coveted cable news
demographic of viewers ages 25 to 54, his ratings have fallen
nearly 40 percent.
Beck, a libertarian and a favorite of the Tea Party
political movement, was a key speaker at a huge "Restoring
Honor" public rally in Washington last year.
But his scathing comments on topics ranging from global
warming to political conspiracy theories have proved
controversial and seen him lampooned by other U.S. TV hosts,
notably Jon Stewart at Comedy Central.
In January several hundred rabbis called on Fox News to
sanction Beck for repeated use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery
and for airing attacks on World War Two survivor and financier
In an open letter to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News
Corp, which owns Fox, the rabbis also demanded an apology from
Fox News chief Roger Ailes for characterizing Beck's Jewish
critics as nothing more than "left-wing rabbis."
Time magazine television critic James Poniewozik told
Reuters on Wednesday that in the past, Beck's Fox News show
succeeded because the host knew how to "put on a spectacle,"
but that has changed recently.
"I get a sense watching the show that it's become more sort
of just sour and joyless," Poniewozik said.
Beck said in a statement on Wednesday; "I cannot repay
Roger (Ailes) for the lessons I've learned and will continue to
learn from him and I look forward to starting this new phase of
Beck also has a syndicated radio show that reaches 10
million weekly listeners and is heard on more than 400 radio
stations across the country.
(Reporting by Christine Kearney and Alex Dobuzinskis,
editing by Jill Serjeant)