Bill O’Reilly has confirmed that he’s giving up his syndicated radio show to devote more time to his top-rated Fox News Channel TV show "The O'Reilly Factor".
The radio show, which was launched in May 2002, will end “in the first quarter of next year,” O’Reilly said.
“The media business is getting more and more intense,” he told the New York Daily News.
“We’ve got to keep the TV show at the level we have it now, and that means more and more time to keep it competitive and fresh. I’ve been working 60, 65 hours a week and I just can’t keep doing that.”
O’Reilly’s radio show, one of the most successful syndicated programs in the country, is carried on 430 stations, and Talkers magazine estimates his weekly audience at more than 3.5 million.
But O’Reilly had hinted earlier that he would be leaving radio.
Looking back at his years on radio, O’Reilly told the News that listeners don’t want a host who only preaches their point of view.
“I knew my show couldn’t be ideological,” he said.
“Going up against [Rush] Limbaugh, that would be suicidal. Why would a listener who’s already got Rush turn to someone else to hear the same thing?
“So I was doing a show that was fact-based … And we were very competitive.”
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