Glenn Beck has signed a $100 million five-year contract renewal deal with Premiere radio to keep his “The Glenn Beck Program” on the air. The figure was not confirmed, but based on a person with “direct knowledge of the deal,” according to the New York Times.
“Over the past 10 years, they have proven to be a true partner in every sense of the word,” Beck said in a statement.
Beck started in syndication with Clear Channel owned by Premiere ten years ago. His new contract is worth twice as much as his last. In 2007, his contract was reportedly valued at $50 million over five years.
Beck’s show is broadcast on over 400 stations and runs for three hours every morning. He is near the top of talk show ratings where he vies for listeners with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
The Simpsons reached the television milestone of 500 episodes on Sunday (February 9, 2012) with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange – who is fighting extradition to Sweden over alleged sex offences – providing his voice for the episode entitled ‘At Long Last Leave’.
In the 500th show, the Simpsons are shown sneaking into a secret town hall meeting, where they are told they will be thrown out of Springfield. Assange – who recorded his lines over the telephone from the Uk – meets the famous family when they arrive in a neighbourhood called ‘The Outlands’. The acclaimed animated comedy is now in its 23rd season, making it the longest-running prime-time scripted programme on US television. The show was in danger of being axed last year, before eventually being contracted for another two seasons at least. Assange is the latest in a long-list of guest voices on the programme – former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, graffiti artist Banksy, Barry White and Hugh Hefner have all appeared. Creator Matt Groening said the Simpsons’ writers still have stories to tell, mostly involving, “characters we’ve never dealt with”, telling the Los Angeles Times, “We have a character we call Squeaky-Voiced Teen.I’d like to know a little bit more about that guy”.
Once the show reaches the end of its 25th season, the number of episodes will stand at 559. The Simpsons continues to parody popular culture, and the current season has featured references to ‘Mad Men’, ‘The Social Network’ and the political-punditry of Glenn Beck.
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There are plenty of theories as to why Glenn Beck and Fox News Channel are bringing his daily television program to an end – and many of them are no doubt viable theories. But there are few facts, either about how the decision came about, and what the future holds, particularly Beck’s future at FNC. But Beck did speak to the matter himself on air.
Beck channeled the great science fiction author Ray Bradbury, paraphrasing one of Bradbury’s most famous titles in describing his own intent to warn Americans that something wicked this way comes. But he added that he never intended for this mission to be a career, hence he was preparing to leave the daily grind of his Fox program.
He likened himself to Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere. Beck noted that Revere got on this horse and warned his neighbors about oncoming British troops, and he fought on in the battle for independence, but when all was said and done, went back to being the silversmith he was before the hostilities commenced.
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