Glenn Beck Offers Quarterly Specials for New Year
CNN Pressroom - Headline News’ Glenn Beck, the nightly topical talk show featuring radio personality Glenn Beck, will produce a series of quarterly specials in 2007, titled “Exposed,” addressing some of the most hotly debated issues of the day, it was announced today by Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN Worldwide, to the Television Critics Association.
“When Glenn’s first special, which was on the Mideast, set a new ratings record for Headline News, we knew we were onto something,” Jautz said. “Glenn’s unique style works well for his everyday show format, but giving him a full hour on just one topic really gives him the chance to delve deeper, in a way that clearly resonates with his viewers. We look forward to hearing what Glenn has to say on these timely and provocative issues.”
“We often don’t have time to fully explore the nuances of the issues that most Americans want to hear more about,” Beck said. “I’m looking forward to having that opportunity with these specials. As we peel back the layers on these topics, we will likely be sparking a lot of dinner-table debates, which is exactly what we set out to do with our show every night.”
The first Glenn Beck special will premiere in late February or early March. Among the topics the program will examine for the specials over the coming year include:
· Myths of Global Warming. As scientists reach consensus about warming temperatures, Beck takes a provocative look at the causes and effects of global warming, particularly whether people or natural climate cycles are to blame. As he seeks answers to whether global warming can actually be stopped, Beck also asks if such efforts undermine America’s financial and military prominence.
· End of Days. Many Americans believe that an apocalypse foretold in Revelations is impending, preceded by the destruction of Israel and great floods. Beck takes an hour to examine whether current events really points to such signs.
· Islam in America. In this one-hour special, Beck attempts to put a face on the practitioners of Islam within the United States, including a Muslim cadet at West Point and an imam in Boston who told followers they should conquer America.
Since the launch of Glenn Beck on May 8, 2006, ratings in all demographics have increased double digits versus the same time a year ago. Glenn Beck has seen a 65 percent increase in total viewers and an unprecedented 86 percent increase in the advertiser-coveted P25-54 demo. Ratings gains were similar for the two youngest news demos, including a 95 percent increase in P18-49 versus a year ago.
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