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Fox News star Glenn Beck could be facing the axe

According to the New York Times, Glenn Beck's future at Fox is under scrutiny.

The controversial Fox News host Glenn Beck, famous for his hour-long daily show, is apparently facing the possibility that his contract may not be renewed come December. In an article in the New York Times, it was said that executives are "contemplating life without Mr Beck".

Beck's conspiracy theories and bullish interview style have actually seen a yearly loss in viewers, falling from 2.9m in January 2010, to 1.8m in January 2011. This could explain Fox News' hesitance to continue his contract.

However, his more outrageous claims - that Barack Obama is a racist, for example - have also brought negative attention to Fox, and has resulted in them losing up to 300 advertisers on the show's prime-time slot, including Proctor & Gamble, Coca Cola, and Wal Mart.

The news about Beck's potential departure will be welcomely received by liberals, but the possible replacement for Beck - rumoured to be Fox business anchor Lou Dobbs - could provide more of a problem as his right-wing agenda is less sensationalist and more capable of wide appeal.

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.