Glenn Beck announces mass layoffs at The Blaze

Glenn Beck announces mass layoffs at The Blaze
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The Blaze will be conducting mass layoffs in an effort to “become more nimble” and “keep pace with the massive changes" in the media business, Glenn Beck, the company’s founder, said Thursday. 

“Today, we said goodbye to just over 20 percent of the combined workforce of Mercury Radio Arts and TheBlaze,” Beck, a one-time Fox News and HLN host, said in a statement.

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Beck, 53, said that while he was awarded the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award in 2013, he doesn't believe he'd “finish in the top 100" today. 

“To change that, we needed to become more nimble and drastically adjust our approach to keep pace with the massive changes unfolding before us,” Beck wrote. 

The Blaze, based in Irving, Texas, laid off an estimated 40 employees in 2016. 

The Blaze TV is struggling due to a lack of distribution through major cable companies such as Time Warner, Cablevision and Comcast.

The layoffs come one day after Fox News announced the hiring of former The Blaze TV host Tomi Lahren as a contributor.