Host, network will part ways at month's end

Glenn Beck’s tenure at Fox News is scheduled to end June 30. A source familiar with the situation said that the controversial talkshow host has been scheduled to end his show at the end of the month since Beck’s impending departure was announced in April, but it’s doubtful that recent ratings for “The Glenn Beck Program” slowed his departure.

During the past month, Beck is down 17% from 2.2 million total viewers to 1.8 million year on year and down 33% to 428,000 from 641,000 in the adults 25-54 demo. The show still kept Fox News in the No. 1 spot among cabler news in its 5 p.m. timeslot, however, and it ranked third behind “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” among FNC’s highest-rated primetime shows.

Beck announced earlier this year that he was leaving his daily TV perch to focus on other business ventures. On Wednesday, Beck’s Mercury Radio Arts shingle and Simon & Schuster renewed their publishing agreement for two more books by the host (including a novel to be published in October) and announced the formation of a new book imprint, Mercury Ink (the Mercury volumes will be co-published with S&S).

Fox hasn’t yet announced a new replacement show, but more than one industryite has mentioned anchor Megyn Kelly as a possibility.

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