Following in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey and her OWN network, there is a report that Glenn Beck will leave Fox News and form his own media channel. The New York Times reports that sources close to Beck said the controversial host is considering starting his own network when his contract with Fox runs out at the end of the year.
The New York Daily News said that Beck would not comment on the report, only issuing a statement saying:
"I have no intention whatsoever of doing the show I am doing now on Fox anywhere else."
There have been previous reports that Beck and Fox would part ways when his contract expires. Fox may not find Beck worth the trouble anymore -- the News reports the number of advertisers boycotting his show has reached 400. Nielsen ratings also show that Beck has lost a million viewers -- one third of his entire audience -- over the past year.
Marketing strategist Marc Babej told Forbes that there really is no comparison between Beck and Oprah.
"With OWN, Oprah Winfrey has made a play for a personality-driven network. However, Oprah has four key advantages: She's associated with entertainment, not politics; she's almost universally liked, she has been around for a long time. Fourth, and most importantly, Oprah has a proven track record of minting money for those who invest in her. Beck, meanwhile, is having a hard time in that crucial department."