Conservative News and online streaming channel TheBlaze made two big announcements Tuesday via PRNewswire. The first was the appointment of former NewsMax Media executive Omar Rodriguez as Senior Vice President of Sales. TheBlaze's President Stewart Padveen praised Mr. Rodriguez in a press release. "He understands the power and value of our New American Heartland audience, and is uniquely positioned to help us drive growth and ensure future success.


I am thrilled welcome him to the leadership team."

In July of this year, the New York-based streaming service Altice USA dropped TheBlaze in New York area systems. However on Tuesday, TheBlaze announced it has been picked up by Vubiquity and the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), who will distribute it to its subscribers. In a statement, Padveen praised both deals calling the deals "turn-key method" and a "quick and simple way to add TheBlaze" to "offer our highly popular content to our deeply loyal and engaged audience."

TheBlaze's demise was greatly exaggerated

In August, TheBlaze announced that its founder, Glenn Beck, was suing Chris Balfe, former TheBlaze CEO and co-founder of Red Seat Venture, for fraud, general mismanagement, and breach of contract.


The lawsuit was filed through Mercury Radio Arts, TheBlaze's parent company in Dallas, Texas. Beck said, "I am embarrassed and saddened it has come to this." Since that statement, Beck has refused to comment further on the "ongoing legal matter" regarding the online new source. 

This caused many to speculate that TheBlaze was going under. Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks produced a video on YouTube declaring that the online streaming channel was collapsing.

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However, this does not appear to be the case. The channel is featured on Dish Network, Verizon Fios, and streaming services such as Apple TV and Roku.

TheBlaze previously announced that they had reached a distribution deal with CenturyLink for online streaming. It is featured as part of the Prism Preferred Package in both standard and high definition. A deal is being negotiated to feature TheBlaze on DirecTV.


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