Glenn Beck and Fox News end daily TV show

Wed Apr 6, 2011 6:18pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney and Alex Dobuzinskis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Glenn Beck and cable channel Fox News are ending his daily TV show after falling ratings, a loss of advertisers and months of controversy over inflammatory remarks by the conservative U.S. host.

Beck, 47, "intends to transition off of his daily program," called "Glenn Beck," later this year, Fox News and Beck's production company, Mercury Radio Arts, said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Fox said Beck will "develop and produce a variety of television projects" for Fox News and other platforms in the future, but did not give details.

Beck's nightly show currently draws about 1.9 million viewers, dwarfing the ratings for other cable news shows in the time slot. But audiences are down 30 percent from a year ago.

Some reports estimate about 300 companies have either pulled their ads or declined to run commercials on his show in the past 18 months after campaigns by black and Jewish groups.

Both Beck and Fox had hinted a split might be coming as some of his opinions have proved particularly controversial, such as when he claimed that U.S. President Barack Obama had "a deep-seated hatred for white people."

In January, several hundred rabbis called on Fox News to sanction Beck for repeated use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery and for airing attacks on World War Two survivor and financier George Soros.

The group Jewish Funds for Justice said it delivered 10,000 petitions to Fox News late last year demanding the cancellation of Beck's show.   Continued...