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is a conservative, libertarian media brand associated with American radio host , that is comprised of radio, television and web programming.

Beck founded in 2002, out of which grew his eponymous and extremely popular radio program on American politics. In 2010, Beck’s company , a news and opinion website run by four people that received .

About a year later, , on September 12, 2011, about two and a half months after Beck . In June of 2012, Beck rebranded all of these media properties under the name The Blaze, after the website which, by that time, was a month and employed 17 full time staffers. In total, Beck employs .

As of 2013, between $25 and $100 million. In February of that year, Beck asking listeners to ask their local cable and satellite providers to pick up The Blaze web channel, which has been since 2012. At least three other networks .

Although Beck has frequently stated his preference for the independence afforded him by rather than outside investors, in 2013 that Beck was seeking to fundraise $40 million for the expansion of certain international programs, among other projects. The Blaze brand has recently also come to include a , a series of and an online marketplace for the promotion of small businesses.

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