Take my network, please.
Well, those are not precisely the terms TMZ used to describe the conservative media outlet Newsmax’s courtship of Tucker Carlson, but it is reported that Newsmax wants to offer Carlson more than just a show to attract him.
The TMZ report is based on “sources with direct knowledge” and claims Newsmax is “floating the idea of letting him program the whole channel, not just his own show.”
According to TMZ, from a metrics standpoint, who precedes and follows a program can have a significant impact on the size of its audience.
There are currently no offers on the table for Carlson, who is still in the process of leaving Fox, but according to a report, “network execs have made it clear to people around him, they would basically give him a big say in rebranding their channel.”
The Times of San Diego, an online news source, reports that San Diego-based One America News may be willing to pay Carlson $25 million if he joins its network.
“It would be great if we could get Tucker! I might give him around $25 million,” OAN CEO and founder Robert Herring told the outlet in an email, the Times of San Diego reported. “And he would be well worth that.”
CBS reports that Glenn Beck has stated that Tucker Carlson could find a home on BlazeTV.
“We would love to have you here. You won’t miss a beat. And together, the two of us will tear it up. Just tear it up,” Beck said Monday.
According to a TMZ report, wherever Tucker Carlson lands “it’s going to be big, disruptive, and will create a seismic shift in the conservative media landscape.”
The New York Times reported that a change has already begun.
Since Fox fired Carlson, some Newsmax prime-time programs have attracted larger audiences.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
For example, the week before Carlson’s ouster, Eric Bolling’s 8 p.m. show on Newsmax drew 146,000 viewers while going head-to-head with Carlson. Last week, Bolling had 531,000 viewers and upped that on Tuesday to 562,000, putting his show at what the Times said was 80 percent of Anderson Cooper’s CNN audience that night. CONTINUE READING…