Fox News Channel SVP development Joel Cheatwood is expected to leave the cable news network next month to join Glenn Beck’s production company Mercury Radio Arts. But, contrary to a report that Cheatwood was “poached” from Fox News, sources say that Fox had no intention of renewing his $700,000-a year-contract when it is set to expire April 23. Cheatwood had reportedly been marginalized for more than a year, serving solely as Beck’s liaison at the network. “Joel lost Roger (Ailes)’s respect and trust a long time ago,” a Fox News insider told Deadline.
It is unclear whether the move is any indication of Fox News’ intentions for Beck, whose contract is up in December. There has been speculation that the channel is considering a future without the controversial host, who has been slipping in the ratings while continuing to attract backlash both from the left and the right. Before Fox News, Cheatwood and Beck worked together at CNN.