It’s been reported that Glenn Beck has been losing radio affiliates in New York City and surrounding areas, and it’s also been reported that Beck is leaving Fox News Channel. Now, he has reported that he is personally leaving the area, and has sold his Connecticut crib.
Beck will not be the first big media conservative to get out of the Big Apple. Rush Limbaugh sold his local condo and retreated to his media fortress along Florida’s Gold Coast in the West Palm Beach market.
According to reports, Beck told a crowd at a personal appearance in Albany NY, “The last thing I will be doing,” said Beck to the Albany crowd, “I will be leaving New York City. As we build a new media I’m not building it in New York.”
According to a report on Huffington Post, Beck has had his New Canaan CT mansion on the market since December 2009, and had been seeking just under $4M for it.
Beck has announced his exit from FNC, but has not been so informative as to when that will happen or what his next move will be. But according to reports, he is looking at expanding his presence on the digital platform, and exploring new ways to reach his massive audience, including making inroads into younger demographics.
Beck is already one of the most ubiquitous of media personalities. He followed Limbaugh into the radio space, and has gone on to eclipse anything Limbaugh ever managed to accomplish on TV/cable. Like Limbaugh, he is also a prolific author of the printed word. Both have a web presence, but whereas Limbaugh’s website seems to be the standard adjunct to his radio presence, Beck seems far more interesting in expanding his web presence into new territory.
Whatever his plans are, they will no longer require his personal presence in the New York City area. However, that doesn’t mean his media empire will not maintain a presence. TVNewser reports that Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, will be maintaining a New York City office.
RBR-TVBR observation: Whatever the nature of Beck’s exit from FNC, Beck is one of the very few people on this planet that can say he is glad to be voluntarily giving up an hour a day of exposure on the most watched cable news franchise in the world, and have it possibly make sense. We’ll have to see, but what is for sure is that it will be fun to watch it all unfold.