Bill O’Reilly didn’t waste any time after being fired from Fox News last week to make sure that his voice will still be heard. He announced his plans to do an O’Reilly Factor-like program via a podcast for those who are willing to pay:
“Hey, I missed you guys.
Welcome to the No Spin News on BillOReilly.com, a completely different experience than what you’ve had in the past. And everybody is listening this week, or can listen Monday through Thursday.
Next week we’ll go back to just Premium Members only for the No Spin News, a service for you.
So, what we’re going to do here is about 15 minutes, 12 minutes of the headlines. This is an extended Talking Points Memo that will cover the world each day.
And then as we develop the website, we’ll have guests and things like that, and this will become longer and longer and longer, into a genuine news program.
That’s the vision right now.
I am sad that I’m not on television anymore. I was very surprised how it all turned out. I can’t say a lot, because there’s much stuff going on right now.
But I can tell you that I’m very confident the truth will come out, and when it does, I don’t know if you’re going to be surprised—but I think you’re going to be shaken, as I am. There’s a lot of stuff involved here.”
O’Reilly is taking a Glenn Beck-like path to build—or in this case rehabilitate—his brand by developing his own content for paying customers. It is a gamble that someone without O’Reilly’s resources could not afford. Luckily for him, he should have enough of a fan base left—despite the reasons for his dismissal from Fox—to convince many of them to fork over $5 a month or $50 a year to gain access to his thoughts and provide him with some income, though not nearly at the level that he received at Fox News.