The conservative U.S. commentator Glenn Beck broadcast his popular radio show Tuesday from the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Beck, who is considered a supporter of Israel, announced that he plans to return to the region within a few weeks to make a movie about Jerusalem.
Beck toured several sites during his visit to Israel, including the tunnels under the Western Wall in Jerusalem. His plan to tour the Temple Mount was canceled due to opposition from the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust.
"The Glenn Beck Program" is broadcast in syndication on more than 400 radio stations in the United States, and reaches 10 million listeners every week.
His daily talk show on the Fox television network, however, is being dropped due to low viewer ratings and the loss of advertisers who did not want to be associated with his controversial statements. Last summer Beck said U.S. President Barack Obama had "a deep-seated hatred for white people."
While the show still gets an average of around 1.9 million viewers - well above that of similar formats in the same time slot - overall viewer ratings in the first quarter of 2011 dropped by an average of 30 percent. Among Fox's main target audience - the 25 to 45 age group - Beck's ratings fell by nearly 40 percent.
Beck, a darling of the ultraconservative Tea Party movement, brought an estimated 300,000 Americans to rally at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. last August, under the banner of "restoring honor."
His over-the-top comments on issues ranging from global warming to conspiracy theories have made him a favorite target for talk shows in the United States, especially Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central.
In January, hundreds of American rabbis asked that Beck "be sanctioned by Fox News for his completely unacceptable attacks on a survivor of the Holocaust" - philanthropist and financier George Soros - and that Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes "apologize for his dismissive remarks about rabbis' sensitivity to how the Holocaust is used on the air."
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