Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts and FNC have reached a deal which will see Beck “transition off of his daily program” later in 2011.Rumors have abounded regarding Beck's daytime Fox News television program and the consternation and hand-wringing from advertisers appear to have gotten the best of Beck.
Beck’s much-reported troubles with the advertising community are believed to play a role in the decision.
Nonetheless, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has on a few occasions defended Beck and his program from advertiser issues, including in a call with shareholders last year:
One wanted to know how long Fox News would “subsidize” the show, which is “filled with house ads.”
“It’s not subsidizing the show at all,” Murdoch fired back, adding that the theatrical Beck gives “a terrific kickoff” to the Fox News evening lineup.
Who will replace Beck? More than likely, another Republican contender for President. Perhaps even Sarah Palin...