Glenn Beck-founded media company, The Blaze, is set to shut down its cable channel by the end of 2019, but will maintain its digital properties — including video-on-demand services, website and radio presences — according to The Hollywood Reporter,
THR cited sources who blamed contracts with distributors that prevent some TV to be posted online, which has been detrimental for the digitally-based company.
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Representatives for The Blaze did not immediately return requests for comment from TheWrap, but Blaze Media CEO Tyler Cardon is quoted by THR saying, “Yes, we’ve sent notices of non-renewal to our cable partners, whose support we’ve appreciated over the years.
“Given our record growth this year on our direct-to-consumer SVOD business, podcasts, various web properties and other digital distribution channels, it has become a conflict to continue programming a traditional, legacy cable channel,” he added.
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Elsewhere, recent headlines for the company, a conservative news organization that Beck launched in 2010, have been positive.
The Blaze’s website saw a 129% increase in unique visitors year-over-year in August, a time when other right-wing sites like Newsmax and Breitbart News had shown steady declines in traffic over the year — or no growth in the case of the Federalist.
YouTuber Dave Rubin joined Beck’s BlazeTV in September, with Rubin saying that he just doesn’t “buy the YouTube game anymore.”