Well, this is huge news for those who watch both networks!
It seems that TheBlaze and CRTV are merging into a pay to watch a network that is out to rival Newsmax, Breitbart, Daily Caller, and the Daily Wire networks. Good for them. Maybe they can challenge Fox News eh? Another goal of these two mega names is to reach 165 million subscribers via digital media platforms, television, and social media.
Some might feel they both were struggling, as we already knew of TheBlaze going through their issues with laying off staff and talent. Levin’s CRTV constantly talks about savings with their package as if they are trying to force a good deal to pick up viewers.
Either way, I won’t be watching. The diversity of both of these networks is null and void. CRTV has two minority shows and at one time TheBlaze had one or two minorities on as personalities. I don’t have time to watch or support networks that speak on minority issues but can’t have programming that reaches out with shows that speak to America’s minorities. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing for Beck and Levin but I won’t be supporting or defending them.
Beck and Levin are set to officially announce what they are calling a merger of equals on Monday, but Beck tells The Hollywood Reporter that the move could be just a next step at building a powerhouse, independent media company.
“This is the beginning of scale,” he says. “Anyone who loves the Bill of Rights and pursues honesty, I want them all in. We’re an open book. Let’s talk,” he says.
Beck founded TheBlaze in 2011 after leaving Fox News, where his show drew a large audience though was constantly attacked by progressive groups that discouraged advertisers. TheBlaze grew quickly, but in recent years has scaled back in order to preserve money.
TheBlaze is seen on Dish Network, Verizon Fios, Roku, SlingTV and several regional cable outlets, and it is heard on Sirius XM Radio, iHeartRadio and elsewhere. Next year, it will launch a live tour with the working title, Blaze Live.
Levin, a former attorney in Ronald Reagan’s presidential administration, is a nationally syndicated radio host, and he hosts Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News. He founded LevinTV and the digital outlet morphed into CRTV, the “CR” standing for “Conservative Review.”
Beyond Levin, some of the talent at CRTV includes Michelle Malkin, Steven Crowder, Matt Kibbe, Deneen Borelli, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame and Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice Media who hosts a show called, Get Off My Lawn, at CRTV.
Blaze Media will be run by Tyler Cardon and Gaston Mooney, who were named co-presidents of the merged company. Previously, Mooney was president of CRTV and Cardon was president of TheBlaze.
Blaze Media will compete with conservative outlets like Breitbart News, The Daily Caller (co-founded by Tucker Carlson) and Salem Media Group, a publicly traded company that is considered the industry leader in talk radio. It will also compete with Daily Wire, founded by Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor who had also considered merging with Beck’s company.
“I’d still like to do that,” Beck said. “I’m a big fan of what Ben has built.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Again, great news for Beck and Levin. As for me, it isn’t beneficial and doesn’t help change the landscape for votes in my opinion. This is an echo chamber move to shore up the conservative base and there’s never anything wrong with that.
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