It looks like Daily Wire might just be purchasing Glenn Beck’s The Blaze:
DAILY BEAST – The people who head Ben Shapiro’s conservative news site are in talks to buy Glenn Beck’s troubled media empire TheBlaze, The Daily Beast has learned. Two sources familiar with the conversations said this appears quite likely, though the deal isn’t final.
Reached for comment, Shapiro—who heads The Daily Wire, which is eyeing TheBlaze—did not dispute this report.
“TheBlaze welcomed us to the space as allies from the beginning, and we’re always looking for ways to strengthen our partnerships with our allies,” he said.
A spokesperson for TheBlaze did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dan and Farris Wilks, fracking billionaire brothers from East Texas, own The Daily Wire. They have been looking to expand their holdings in conservative media, and briefly eyed purchasing Breitbart. A messy relationship between them and billionaire heiress Rebekah Mercer—who has an ownership stake in the site—kept that from happening.
Now, their purchase of TheBlaze appears more likely than not.
Wow, more consolidation in the conservative news world. And based on Shapiro’s response it does sound like this report is true.
I know that in the past year news reports have suggested The Blaze has had to downsize its staff. Perhaps the owners of the Daily Wire feel that now is the time to pounce, as The Blaze is in more of a vulnerable state.