- The Washington Times - Monday, December 3, 2018

Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze and Mark Levin’s CRTV have merged to form Blaze Media — a move the conservative media companies said has the potential to reach 165 million people.

“Tens of millions of Americans have had it with the biased, ideologically-driven mainstream media outlets that sanctimoniously advance their own agendas under the guise of ‘news’ and ‘journalism,’” Mr. Levin, who founded CRTV in 2014 and serves as its editor-in-chief, said in a statement.

“Conservatives actually believe in a free press and the rest of the Constitution,” he said. “This is why I started LevinTV, which grew into the CRTV digital network. In order to further expand and offer the public an alternative to liberal media group-think, I’m very excited about the merger of TheBlaze and CRTV. The timing is perfect.”

Mr. Beck, who founded TheBlaze in 2011 after parting ways with Fox News, said the merge will attract a more broad and “ideologically diverse” audience.

“Conservatives, libertarians, constitutionalists, and more have a home at Blaze Media,” Mr. Beck said. “Our hosts will have differences, but we share a common belief in free expression, honest discourse and a society founded in the principles of the Bill of Rights. I’m beyond thrilled about this merger.”

The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the story late Sunday, reported that Blaze Media will be run by co-presidents Tyler Cardon, former president of TheBlaze, and Gaston Mooney, former president of CRTV. Mr. Levin, who has no management authority at CRTV, said the company’s headquarters will not be based in Dallas as The Hollywood Reporter claimed in its initial report. He will also have no management authority at Blaze Media, the report said.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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