Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Variety: CNN Headline gives kneejerk winger his own TV show

Variety.com - CNN names new headliner: "CNN's Headline News has signed conservative radio host Glenn Beck for an hourlong talkshow in hopes of building on the ratings momentum generated by a revamped primetime lineup anchored by 'Nancy Grace.'

The signing of Beck, expected to be announced today, will add a fourth show to HLN's primetime in addition to 'Grace,' 'Showbiz Tonight' and 'Prime News Tonight.'

'Glenn Beck is the next piece of the puzzle,' said HLN prexyprexy Ken Jautz. 'Glenn's style is self-deprecating, cordial; he says he'd like to be able to disagree with guests and part as friends. It's conversational, not confrontational.'

Beck, a former top 40 deejaydeejay who became a nationally syndicated talkshow host five years ago, recently moved his radio studio from Philadelphia to New York City to be closer to HLN studios.

New show will debut in April, though a timeslot has not been set. Jautz said any of the existing shows could be shuffled to accommodate Beck but none will be cancelled."


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