Oversees All Glenn Beck Related Properties Including Third Highest Rated Radio Program in America, Leading Cable News Show and #1 New York Times Bestselling Books
NEW YORK, NY (January 8th, 2008) –Christopher Balfe has been appointed President and COO of Mercury Radio Arts, Glenn Beck’s multi-media production company. Balfe previously served as General Manager and COO and has spearheaded the company’s growth and expansion into television, book and magazine publishing, new media and live stage shows. The announcement was made today by Glenn Beck.
Balfe will continue to manage the day to day operations for all Glenn Beck related properties including his nationally syndicated radio program, top-rated show on Headline News, New York Times bestselling books, pioneering stage tour business, destination website and leading consumer magazine. In 2007, Balfe drove Mercury’s growth by helping extend Beck’s contract with Premiere Radio Networks to continue broadcasting “The Glenn Beck Program” through 2012 on nearly 300 radio affiliates and by helping publish the recent #1 New York Times bestseller, "An Inconvenient Book."
In announcing the promotion, Glenn Beck said: “When Chris first joined me, I would have been lucky to sell my company for a pack of gum. Through his insight, stability, and business prowess that no entertainment company has seen since Roy O. Disney, our little company has grown into a multi-million dollar content production powerhouse. And the best part is, we’re just getting started.”
Balfe said: “It is an incredible privilege to work for someone as talented, passionate and entertaining as Glenn. Even more rare, however, is to work with someone you trust and respect as much as I do Glenn. We have enjoyed tremendous success and I look forward to continuing to build on our momentum in the years to come.”
Balfe joined Glenn at Mercury Radio Arts in 2003 as the second employee and has grown Mercury into a multi-media enterprise that has achieved a compound annual growth rate of 67% over the last 5 years. Mercury’s leading productions include: “The Glenn Beck Program,” the third highest rated radio show in America, (source: Adults 25-54/Premiere Radio Research/Arbitron Nationwide Spring 2007 data); “Glenn Beck” on Headline News; Beck’s acclaimed New York Times bestselling books “The Real America” and “An Inconvenient Book”; “Fusion,” a monthly magazine that boasts tens of thousands of subscribers; Beck’s live stage shows, which have been seen by more than 120,000 people, and GlennBeck.com which receives over 5 million unique visitors a month. He also manages Mercury’s relationships with such leading media companies as Premiere, CNN and Simon & Schuster.
Prior to joining Mercury, Balfe was a Sr. Consultant with the management consulting firm Accenture. Balfe first met Glenn in 1996 when Beck was doing Mornings as KC101 in New Haven, CT.