“Hello America, and welcome to the first episode, and to the future. This is GBTV, and the truth. . . . We don’t treat you like morons.”
Those were Glenn Beck’s first words on the debut of his new, high-definition network at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12. The centerpiece is the daily two-hour “Glenn Beck Program,” broadcast live from a quirky New York City set that includes model airplanes, a chalkboard, an Oriental rug, vintage radios, old telephones, an antenna TV, multiple video screens and a rapt studio audience. The forward-thinking Mr. Beck charges $5 a month for online access to this hybrid media venture, which has drawn attention from industry insiders for both its business model and big intentions. Details here: www.gbtv.com.