Tonight on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn unveiled major plans for the future of TheBlaze as he plans to turn it into a cutting-edge, international news network. The announcements included expanded programming, new staffing, expanding office space, and new mobile technology.
Glenn began with a critique of the media on the left and the right, nothing that he was sick of the yelling from politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle. Wanting to play in a new realm of political discussion, Glenn said he wanted to produce news for an audience that value true freedom that is closer to The Constitution.
“You’re going to get common sense from us, that’s what we’re about,” Glenn said.
Glenn said that many things would be happening in the next sixty days for The Blaze. He explained that the network would soon have a “Global Information Headquarters” located in New York City, hinting at a new location with noted significance that will cause people to take notice. TheBlaze would also have three new bureau offices, some of which would be located overseas. He also announced plans to expand the news team with a focus on investigative journalism.
Glenn also announced expanded programming. First, he said that “For the Record” would soon be launching as a periodic news magazine show similar to “60 Minutes”.He also said that he was planning to launch a new nightly news show similar to “Nightline”, but noted cautioned that his business and programming teams have warned him that it would be “impossible” to accomplish this in 2013. Glenn disagrees.
“Our Nightline will be a nightly half hour broadcast to update you on a topic that no one else quite frankly has the balls to do. I will,” he said.
He also plans to have live news updates during TheBlaze throughout the broadcast day.
Glenn then shifted gears to technology, focusing on an exciting second screen experience. Glenn explained that using an iPad, viewers would be able to delve into an enhanced experience that would allow them to access more information than can be shown on the television screen.
The second screen feature, which is still in development, would allow viewers to find and view primary sources, purchase books and items mentioned on the show, participate in live polls, and delve further into the videos and charts showcased during the monologues.
Glenn did not announce a release date for the new technology, but hinted that his goal would be to begin releasing second screen features in Fall of 2013.
Watch his demonstration below:
Glenn also previewed The Brain, a pet project he has been working on for five years but may not be able to release in 2013. He gave a preview of what it would look like at the end of the show: