Glenn Beck’s brand of conspiracy theories, apocalyptic convictions and historical nonsense was so far on the fringe that it made even Fox News uncomfortable. Consequently, the cable network and the weepy, wild man parted ways earlier this year.
Now, Beck is back with his own show, this time on the Internet. He has no network producers to deal with now — just plenty of fans.
The Wall Street Journal reports that his Glenn Beck TV online site has 230,000 paid subscribers. Each of those Beck fans pay $10 a month for access to the chalkboard (yes, he brought that with him) and the rants that made Beck famous. Subscribers get Web access to Beck’s daily radio show, too, as well as other online material.
Assuming the faithful hang in for the long haul, Beck could bring in well more than $20 million in his first year of online television. Fox gave him a larger audience but less freedom and less money — his salary there was $2.5 million.
GBTV.com kicked off Monday, and though the format was new, the message was classic off-the-scale Beck — what the subscribers came to hear — and he wasted no time getting to it. “The president is a Marxist,” he declared, as he has many times in the past. “There, I said it.”