Glenn Beck and Mercury Radio Arts announce GBTV – home of Glenn’s NEW two hour show! UPDATED with full press release

In a story first reported tonight by The New York Times, Glenn Beck, and his company Mercury Radio Arts, are proud to announce the creation of GBTV - a live streaming video network featuring Glenn’s new daily two-hour show and a wide range of original and licensed information and entertainment programming.

The network will be the new home for Glenn Beck and his daily show, which will be expanding to two hours and feature Glenn’s unique fusion of entertainment and enlightenment. Mercury’s own S.E. Cupp and Brian Sack will be contributors to the new show when it launches on September 12th.

For months, Glenn has been teasing a major announcement that would change the way you receive information and entertainment. “GBTV is the future,” said Glenn. “The confines of traditional media no longer apply. GBTV is about getting active in the community, participating in stories, and finding new ways to deliver news, information and entertainment directly to the audience.”

What kind of programming will GBTV have? Starting today and running through the launch of Glenn’s new show on 9/12, the network will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes reality show about the making of GBTV. GBTV subscribers will also get access to a video simulcast of Glenn’s daily three hour radio program, original documentaries, and in-depth coverage of live events, such as Glenn’s ‘Restoring Courage’ event in Israel on August 24th.

New subscribers can join GBTV immediately at GBTV.com. Subscriptions are $4.95/month for access to Glenn’s two-hour daily show only, or $9.95 for GBTV Plus, which offers the complete network of programs, including the radio simulcast, documentaries and special events. For a limited time, all new subscribers can join at the $4.95 rate.

Glenn will be hosting a GBTV Launch Event from his new studio home on Wednesday June 8th at 7pm ET. The event can be viewed on GlennBeck.com and the GBTV Facebook page – Facebook.com/GBTV!

The full press release is below:

GLENN BECK AND MERCURY RADIO ARTS LAUNCH GBTV
-A LIVE STREAMING VIDEO NETWORK-
FEATURING BECK’S ALL NEW DAILY TWO HOUR SHOW
AND A WIDE RANGE OF ORIGINAL AND LICENSED
INFORMATION AND ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMING

New Network Has Over 80,000 Committed Paying Subscribers,
and Will Debut on Computers, iPhones, iPads and Roku on 9/12


(New York, NY, June 7th, 2011) Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multi-media production company, unveiled GBTV – a live streaming video network featuring Glenn’s new daily two-hour show and a wide range of original and licensed information and entertainment programming. All programs will be broadcast in HD and will be available live or on-demand across multiple viewing platforms. Select shows on the network, which already has over 80,000 paying subscribers, are currently available, and others will come online over the months leading up to the full launch on 9/12.

Glenn’s two-hour show will be broadcast live weekdays from 5 to 7PM ET from a newly-built set designed by Glenn and his team at the iconic NEP Studios in Midtown Manhattan. The show will feature Glenn’s unique fusion of entertainment and enlightenment and will include contributors like Mercury’s own S.E. Cupp and Brian Sack. Joel Cheatwood, the former Fox News Channel executive who joined Mercury earlier this year, has been appointed President of Programming for all of GBTV and will oversee Glenn’s show.

Cheatwood will also be responsible for the production and acquisition of all content for the network. In addition to Glenn’s new show, GBTV will launch with two other programs: A six camera simulcast of Glenn’s three hour radio show and “The 4th Hour” starring Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere. The network will continue to add a variety of scripted and un-scripted content produced by Mercury and other companies and has already signed a development deal with award winning and critically acclaimed television producer and #1 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor, who has sold over 2 million copies of his books nationwide. Further information about content deals and plans will be announced over the summer.

“GBTV is the future,” said Glenn Beck. “The confines of traditional media no longer apply. GBTV is about getting active in the community, participating in stories, and finding new ways to deliver news, information and entertainment directly to the audience.”

Mercury’s decade-long relationship with Clear Channel Communications will extend to the promotion of GBTV across over 100 of Clear Channel’s spoken word radio stations, reaching over 13 million listeners per month. Clear Channel’s ability to drive consumers to action makes them a leading choice for national advertisers.

“We’ve had a long history of success with every business that Glenn and Mercury have brought to us,” said John Hogan, President and CEO, Clear Channel Radio. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide a broad promotional platform for GBTV and to promote Mercury’s vision of the future to millions of consumers.”

Christopher Balfe, President & COO of Mercury Radio Arts, will oversee all of GBTV.  “Lots of people are talking about the digital content revolution, but few are willing to risk it all and place a huge bet on the future,” Balfe said. “With GBTV, Mercury is doing just that. Fortunately, our incredible team at Mercury, as well as our industry-leading business partners, makes me confident that we will once again build something extraordinary.”

Starting today and running through the launch of Glenn’s new show on 9/12, the network will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes reality show about the making of GBTV. GBTV subscribers will also get access to a video simulcast of Glenn’s daily three hour radio program, original documentaries, and in-depth coverage of live events, such as Glenn’s landmark trip to Israel in late August.

GBTV is owned and operated by Mercury Radio Arts, Inc., and the entire cost of building GBTV has been invested by Mercury. Carolyn Polke, Mercury’s VP of Digital, will oversee the technology and operations. Technology services will be provided by Sports on Earth, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MLB Advanced Media.

GBTV is built from the ground up for social sharing. The GBTV Facebook page will reward fans with virtual currency for actions such as “checking in” to the show or sharing information with their friends. The currency can then be used to unlock exclusive content, such as downloads of documentaries, discount codes, etc.

New subscribers can join GBTV immediately at http://www.GBTV.com. Subscriptions are $4.95/month for access to Glenn’s two-hour daily show only, or $9.95 for GBTV Plus, which offers the complete network of programs, including the radio simulcast, documentaries and special events. For a limited time, all new subscribers can join at the $4.95 rate.

GBTV will employ a hybrid business model, with support from both subscriptions and advertisers. Kraig Kitchin, the former president of Premiere Networks who joined Mercury earlier this year, will be responsible for cross-platform advertising sales leveraging all of Mercury’s digital properties.

Tomorrow night (June 8th) at 7PM EST, Glenn will host a free streaming event on glennbeck.com to discuss GBTV.

Since launching Insider Extreme in March of 2010, users have initiated over 35 million streams. Insider Extreme’s 80,000 subscribers who have been paying $9.95 a month for that service will automatically be upgraded to GBTV Plus.

About Mercury Radio Arts

Mercury Radio Arts is Glenn Beck’s fully integrated multi-media production company. Mercury produces all Glenn Beck related properties including The Glenn Beck Program, America’s third highest-rated radio show, Beck’s New York Times bestselling books, and his live stage-show business.

Mercury’s digital platforms now include GlennBeck.com , the fan portal; GBTV, the live streaming video network; Markdown.com, the e-commerce site for connecting consumers with valuable discounts; and TheBlaze.com, the News & Information network. The Mercury Digital network receives over 6 million unique visitors per month.

Founded in 2002, Mercury has a full time staff of over 60 employees and is based in New York, NY.

  • http://commenting.myopenid.com/ me

    some people are not fans of “social” “networking” sites.  Please do not punish the privacy- and security- minded interrnet users

    forget roku.  boxee box is the box you’re looking for… until GBTV offers programming joy directly to the much larger group of XBMC [usenet] enthusiasts

  • http://commenting.myopenid.com/ me

    boxee box ties in nicely to

    http://archive.org
    ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WUD5CQDVAQKO4OXMFUQGF7JTSU EricB

    I am trying to get a hold of Mr Beck Iv’e been listening to him since  he went national its not by coincidence i heard his words and recognized the truth Glenn is nothing more than less a morden day prophet like before him his humility dosent  allow him to see this I guess what im writing this for is iv’e been touch by the lord and im supposed to do something I am a sinner and have no right to call Jesus my Savior , but  I do cause as my heart broke this Christmas he told me i was saved Arrogance is not my word i just know he is my lord and saviour Im supposed to do something but as the lord will do, ‘it i’m to take coincidence and look for the crumbs I just know Glenn is part Please help

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-Bradish/100000128694166 Wayne Bradish

    I am in the IT profession and work unreasonable long hours, day and night, in cold, loud, windy Data Centers. Should we boycott the internet?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Tiffany/100001320367593 Victor Tiffany

    Beck loses his stage on Fox 6 months early, loses 90% of his audience and has his expenses go up significantly.  That’s a highlight for a year in the world of make-believe which is where Beck has been operating for years now.

    Mercury is an entertainment source for the gullible and reactionary (far, far lunatic fringe right).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Tiffany/100001320367593 Victor Tiffany

    Reagan and G. Bush took from the poor and gave to the rich. That is the fascist way that Glenn Beck and his gullible reactionary fans embrace. We have the worse distribution of wealth since the 20′s, Beck’s decade of low taxes that lead to the crash. 

    Tell us why you support policies that violate your self-interest?  Beck is a genius of propaganda who gets people to oppose their self-interests.  YOu think that you are going to win the lottery and become one of the 1% someday?Wall St. and their gambling with YOUR money is the reason that they are occupying. 

  • Anonymous

    OMG what a moron!

    Yes, all those “poor” poverty stricken people. Here’s some facts for you.  Read them and go troll somewhere else.

    80 percent of poor households have air conditioning

    Nearly three-fourths have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks

    Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite television

    Two-thirds have at least one DVD player and 70 percent have a VCR

    Half have a personal computer, and one in seven have two or more computers

    More than half of poor families with children have a video game system, such as an Xbox or PlayStation

    43 percent have Internet access

    One-third have a wide-screen plasma or LCD television

    One-fourth have a digital video recorder system, such as a TiVo.
    Add to this the OWSers who represent the 47% have the 1% pay all their income taxes.

    I was not raised poor, but never had it this good.

    Anyone who has any sense at all knows the genesis of the crash was the Democrats and, yes, Geo. Bush’s policy of a house-in-every pot for everyone.  I was amazed at how my oldest son was able to purchase a house when his sole source of income was student loans.  This was how relaxed the feds forced the banks to bend previously sound lending qualifications.  

    This was a distinctly Democrat policy that was wholly swallowed by big government progressive GOP congressmen and Bush, which led to bad bundled loans that the Big Banks had to unload before they became toxic.  If you have not heard of it, economists call it the Housing Bubble.

    It was worse than Clinton’s Dot Com Bubble.

    Do try to grab a clue.

  • Anonymous

    Michael Savage is calling Beck a fool for this idiotic venture.

    I would like for Beck to be forthright and tell us, honestly, how large is GBTV audience is.

    As for me, since he has a newsletter and radio show, I will use these to keep up with what Beck has to say. I will not pay for GBTV.

  • Sandie

    Ignore this Beck-hater troll. He is a pseudo intellectual who tries to pass himself off as knowledgeable. He is obsessed with Beck, so much so that he has created an anti-Beck website where he spews his hated._ He has NPD and a twisted thought process. Notice he is posting new anti Beck comments on a forum that is over 6 months old. That should tell people something. The guy is a mental case.

  • Ryan Frederick

    i find it sad when you can’t tell Vicky apart from this guy http://youtu.be/CGmOCAgJ24U they rant the same way don’t you think.

  • Sandie

    AAAhhhhhahahahahahhazaaaaaa

  • http://www.google.com Doodaddio

    Where do you get your information from Vivian? You really have nothing better to do than this spew of trashmouthing? Let’s see some facts on this.

    You are an entertainment source for the mentally challenged and unstable left. Unfortunately for you, they abandoned you long ago. You have too much envy of Beck to restrain yourself from humiliating yourself on this site.

    You are the most idiotic joke on the internet, and you are too stupid to understand it.

  • http://www.google.com Doodaddio

    Where do you get your information from Vivian? You really have nothing
    better to do than this spew of trashmouthing? Let’s see some facts on
    this.

    You are an entertainment source for the mentally challenged and unstable
    left. Unfortunately for you, they abandoned you long ago. You have too
    much envy of Beck to restrain yourself from humiliating yourself on this
    site.

    You are the most idiotic joke on the internet, and you are too stupid to understand it.

  • Anonymous

    Vicky33, showing up to be counted present one more time I see…

    What substandard thought of the day do you have for us now?

    Beck’s decade of low taxes?

    Worse distribution of wealth since the 20′s?

    The lottery?

    Did you run out of medication again?

    This is pretty bad, even for you Vicky33.

    You’re such an idiot!

  • Anonymous

    Vicky33, you really are desperate aren’t you?

    You’re such an idiot!

  • Ryan Frederick

    i think i am going to drop his IQ again how does -500 sound.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to the Republic of Texas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Tiffany/100001320367593 Victor Tiffany

    Still projecting your weaknesses onto others I see. Damn, you don’t seem to have the basic capacity to learn after you’ve been schooled how many times now?  10?  20?  

    Plus, you don’t know the meaning of “desperate.”  I’m pointing out that the #1 highlight of Beck’s year was him losing his stage on Fox and 90% of his audience.  The only thing that is desperate here is Beck pretending that failure is success. Again, you project Beck’s flaws onto others, and you can’t or refuse to learn.

    You can’t learn. That’s not being ignorant. The cure for ignorance is enlightenment. No, your condition cannot be cured. There is no cure for low IQ. And no matter how many times you’re scolded about acting like an immature, pre-adolescent, school yard a$$hole, you continue acting like one.  

    Conclusion: you’re too stupid to learn.  That’s not exactly a shock. Anyone who would attack a critic of America’s very own fascist propagandist, our very own Joseph Goebbels, has to be a f$%king, stupid moron and an ethical retard. By all means, keep proving it to your fellow, ethical retards…you know, like the dildoodio below.  He, like you, writes like an elementary, school yard a$$hole without the maturity to address actual ideas.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Tiffany/100001320367593 Victor Tiffany

    See above little child and coward.

    Yes, you’re just a sleazy, reactionary coward.  Prove me wrong and tell us your full name.

  • barbara clemen

    An observation on my part. Obvious to anyone of discernment:
    Posters of factual low intelligence, are manifested in their use of vulgarity,in replacement of an open and concise dialog.
    It’s apparent to me, your use of vulgarity places you within these low IQ ranks,Vickie.

  • Ryan Frederick

    good one Barbara.

  • barbara clemen

    I was stating a factual observation,Ryan.
    It’s obvious Vicki is an ignoramus,pertaining to all given conversations and his pervarication on the issues.

  • Ryan Frederick

    can’t even debate at all to so that is why he hides in the land of old stories.

  • Ryan Frederick

    can’t even debate at all to so that is why he hides in the land of old stories.

  • Anonymous

    So, you seem to believe Beck’s on the down slide, hey Vicky33?

    You’re such an idiot!!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and by the way Vicky33, ignorance would be the outcome or “teleological end result” from an inability to learn…

    Did you learn anything yet?

    You really ought to check your work before you post it. You make verbal sparring too easy because you make so many simple mistakes like this each and every time you respond.

    You’re such an idiot!

    Got any more ignorance to demonstrate Vicky33? You are sooooo stupid…

  • http://www.google.com Doodaddio

    Benny Hill summed it up best when they said, “Vicky33, that’s why you are an idiot!”. Benny is 100% on target, and you are still an idiot.

    You are an idiot for coming here
    You are an idiot for trying to derail Glenn Beck with your lies
    You are an idiot for repeating your lies after so many have proven them lies
    You are an idiot for thinking you can persuade anyone but an idiot that you are right
    You are an idiot for thinking that a bald headed old man is respected at Occupy Ithaca
    You are an idiot for calling out people who have crushed you before
    You are an idiot for threatening people and getting banned for it HERE
    You are an idiot for thinking the universe revolves around you
    You are an idiot for accusing people of doing to you the very thing you do to Glenn
    You are an idiot for believing in your own deranged campaign to destroy Beck

    In essence, you are an idiot on just about every level humanly possible to attain.

    I’ll take Benny’s word over yours – he’s right and you are an idiot.

    You want my full name? Okay, my full name is Mr. I got your ass banned from here and will do so again. How’s that for you?

    Once again, you are an idiot.

    You challenge people to debate things you alone believe in and are shocked that with your wit and personality, (you have neither), that no one tells you that you are right. You have the persuasive powers of a fresh cow-chip, everyone is aware of it’s presence, but no one wants to be in proximity to it. That’s because you are smelling up this place you idiot.

    You still never answered the question: Victor, when did you stop beating your wife?

    You never will, because you are an idiot. All you can do is threaten and boast and we have all seen and heard enough of your narcissistic soap opera you call a life. Get over yourself, because you are still an idiot and no one really cares about your shrill whining over being an idiot and being identified as… (wait for it…)… AN IDIOT!

  • Anonymous

    I got fity says he don’t get it!!!

    Too Funny!!!

  • http://www.google.com Doodaddio

    He lacks the brains and/or fortitude to get it.

  • Sandie

    He already has proven you wrong. Your bias and inability to admit you are wrong won’t let you see that. Everyone else does, and they laugh at you and even pity you sometimes. Get help Vic.

  • Sandie

    Pathetic you are as usual, making all these rhetorical noises, trying to down others in order to raise yourself – that is a false and dishonest method used by losers who can’t admit they are losing, and try to smear others to cover their own shortcomings (CYA). You are some self styled critic. You are an egotistical NPD loony tune who continues to embarrass himself on the Beck forums . It is sad and sick, but you go right ahead and keep confirming what we all know … you are a real sick SOB obsessed with Beck, someone who you will never have, whose achievements you will never come close to, and who you will never beat. You lost long ago, but continue to bash your head against the wall with your nonsense, in keeping with the definition of insanity. Thank you Vic, you have provided us with yet another night of comic relief. Maybe we need to call Torrie and let her know that it is time to reel you in and close the cellar door.

  • SoThere

    Sandie, he posts sitting on the toilet with his pants around his ankles.

  • Anonymous

    I do not!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Tiffany/100001320367593 Victor Tiffany

    Karl Rogers, author of Debunking Glenn Beck posted on Facebook:

    The purpose of the propaganda from the right, such as disseminated by Beck and others, is to further alienate the nationalistic conservative and libertarian rightwingers from any conception of good government in order to disavow any possibility of democracy. Hence all other media is misrepresented as “liberal”, the federal government is misrepresented as being involved in some Marxist conspiracy, and corporatism is equated with freedom. The fact of the matter is that multinational corporations have taken over all three branches of the U.S. government. They are transforming the Republic into a corporate-state. They have already defeated the Left Opposition; now they are defeating the Right Opposition. Beck et al. are directing their propaganda against the conservative working and middle classes. They are deceiving them from the fact that they have been duped, in order to suppress any resistance from the armed proportion of the citizenry, which is the proportion that the corporatists are actually afraid of rising up in rebellion. Hence, the purpose of the propaganda is to misdirect the blame and encourage conservatives and libertarians to either vote Republican or stay out of political life altogether. “Go back to your churches, homes, and neighborhoods, because government is a lost cause and democratic participation is anarchism and mob-rule.” That’s the message.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Debunking-Glenn-Beck/108099032602065

    Now watch Beck’s monkey army attack me for Rogers’ words.

  • barbara clemen

    He hides: because the truth seekers will provide counter point arguments to his insane remarks…exposing the fallacy in his posts.

  • Ryan Frederick

    he is not hiding anymore here he is have some fun with me. http://www.glennbeck.com/content/blog/stu/obama-lies-four-times-in-one-commercial/

  • Ryan Frederick

    he is not hiding anymore here he is have some fun with me. http://www.glennbeck.com/content/blog/stu/obama-lies-four-times-in-one-commercial/

  • Ryan Frederick

    he is not hiding anymore here he is have some fun with me. http://www.glennbeck.com/content/blog/stu/obama-lies-four-times-in-one-commercial/

  • Ryan Frederick

    he is not hiding anymore here he is have some fun with me. http://www.glennbeck.com/content/blog/stu/obama-lies-four-times-in-one-commercial/

  • Ryan Frederick

    sorry i have know idea why that happen LOL!

  • barbara clemen

    I’m still trying to find Sandie’s post. So I’ll reserve judgement for now, you scamp.

    LMAO

  • Ryan Frederick

    at the TFC funny pages.

  • Sandie

    Karl Rogers should keep out of politics, especially when he has his own biases, and stick with his own version of psychology which is based on the individuals personal experience of the world around him. He is a very opinionated man with very opinionated writings who I wouldn’t give any heed to. He is almost as biased and crazy as you are.

    No one attacks you for Karl Rogers writing. The responses you get that you call attacks are because of what YOU write – your own insanity.

  • Anonymous

    I’VE BEEN WATCHING GLENNS MORNING RADIO SHOW. I THINK HE NEEDS A SCOOTER TO GET AROUND THE SET. I THINK IT WOULD ADD A SPECIAL TOUCH.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Margaret-Tull/100000045988667 Margaret Tull

    Obama Kenyan-born, so what? Dems file motion in TN court‏