Glenn Beck Moving to the Internet; Arianna Huffington Pissing Off New AOL Team
After some unsuccessful press jockeying on both sides, negotiations between Fox News and their cash-cow-turned-credibility-sucker Glenn Beck pretty much disintegrated and so they worked together on his exit from the channel. Now it's time for him to ride his intensely angry, loyal, and crazy mob of fans straight to the bank, so he's moving where the money is: online. But Beck's not counting on The Blaze, his conservative blog, to sustain him because websites alone tend not to pay the bills. Instead, Beck will launch a subscription-based online network called GBTV (guess what it stands for) with both scripted and unscripted content. The New York Times has the details, which we'll run down in our daily media column Press Clips, as well as Arianna's AOL woes and a redesign for the New York Observer.
Good Bullshit TV: The Times has the scoop on the "daily talk show online," set to begin this summer, and Beck seems quite proud of himself, but also hedging his bets. "I think we might be a little early," he admits of the service, which will run devotees $5 to $10. "But I'd rather be ahead of the pack than part of it."
Individualism! Ayn Rand! America!
He is at least ambitious: "If you're a fan of Jon Stewart, you're going to find something on GBTV that you're going to enjoy,"Beck told the paper. "If you're a fan of 24, you're going to find something on GBTV that you're going to enjoy."
The $4.95 package gets a month's subscription for just Beck's show, while the $9.95 luxury bundle comes with all that GBTV has to offer.
But don't forget who the boss is; this one's for you, Fox: "It's my network, so if I want the show to run 2 hours and 15 minutes one night, it will." May peace be with you all.
AriannOL: Piling on to the Business Insider list of "12 Reasons Why The AOL-Huffington Post Merger Is Going Down In Flames,"
which included things like Arianna Huffington's enemy list (seriously), Forbes has a shit-talk filled report today about the problems facing The Huffington Post's merger with AOL.
"She wanted three things: a big bag of gold, a big fat contract, which she deserved, and...unilateral decision making over her world," says Arianna Huffington's ex-chief revenue officer at HuffPo. "And that is where you're going to have some problems. Arianna hates to be managed."
She reportedly defied the HuffPo board and did the AOL deal anyway -- "Nothing was going to stand in the way," an investor says -- and she's making sure to stand front-and-center, with all of AOL's sites being folded into hers. You know the one... with her name and photograph all over it.
Among Friends: Sports website founding editor interviews website writer and new website editor about sports website, sports website competitor on separate website. The Bad Guy lands tomorrow.
NewYO: The New York Observer, reinvigorated under Elizabeth Spiers, has a new website and newspaper design coming tomorrow. The website looks mostly like the new spin-off websites they've launched so far this year, one for tech and one for politics, and less like the year 2001 than the current iteration. Breaking news, scoops, and "long-form web exclusives" to come, Spiers says.
Faces to Names: This is what your Gawker Media looks like. Keywords/spoilers: white people, plaid, stripes, frames.