Great news today in our campaign against Glenn Beck. We're announcing that nineteen more of Beck's advertisers have stopped supporting his show. That number includes two British companies who just announced that they've pulled their ads from the U.K. broadcast of Beck's show after hearing from customers.
Two companies -- Waitrose (the British supermarket chain) and Metropolitan Talent Management -- pulled their ads not only from Beck's show, but from Fox News in general.
Over 280,000 of us have now called on advertisers to stop supporting Beck's show. We are keeping Beck isolated and making sure that he continues to be a financial liability for Fox. Eventually, Fox will have to explain why they are continuing to give Beck's race-baiting and fear-mongering a platform even as it hurts their bottom line.
Here's the full list of new companies ditching Beck: AmMed Direct, Citrix Online, Concord Music Group, Diageo, Eggland's Best, Equifax, Eulactol USA (producer of Flexitol), GetARoom.com, Hoffman La Roche (maker of BONIVA), Metropolitan Talent Management, ooVoo, Overture Films, Scarguard, Schiff Nutrition (maker of Tiger's Milk and Fi-Bar), Seoul Metropolitan Government, Subaru, Toyota-Lexus, Waitrose and Woodland Power Products, Inc.
From the press release we're sending today:
Comments from advertisers recently distancing themselves from Beck:
"We will not be airing on that show [Glenn Beck] any longer," said Michael McHale, Director of Corporate Communications for Subaru of America, in a phone conversation with ColorOfChange.org.
"Lexus ads are not appearing on the Glenn Beck show," said Nancy Hubbell, Communications Manager for Lexus Prestige, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We have no plans to buy Beck," Hubbell later reiterated in a separate email to ColorOfChange.org.
"Please rest assured that we do not endorse Beck's views and are having our advertising agency request that Fox no longer air our advertisements during his shows," said John Mills, Director of Marketing for AmMed Direct, in an email to ColorOfChange.org.
"We are currently shifting our presence on the Fox Television network to a time slot that will not include the Glenn Beck television program," said Bernardo de Albergaria, Vice President of Global Marketing & eCommerce for Citrix Online, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "I have received confirmation that Fox has been instructed to begin this transition immediately and I am advised it will be fully implemented by October 9th."
[Citrix Online pulled its advertisements from rotation on Glenn Beck's radio show in early September, but was recently contacted regarding ads that were recently seen on Beck's television show.]
"We did not specifically purchase time on Glen Beck [sic], rather the Fox News Channel as a whole," said Dino Balzano, Director of Advertising and Merchandise at Concord Music Group, in email to ColorOfChange.org. "But, of course, if we consider this 'news cluster' purchase again in the future, we will only do so if we can be guaranteed to NOT be in that program."
"Pending further review, Eggland's Best has suspended TV advertising on the Glenn Beck show," said Katy Gray, a spokesperson for Eggland's Best, in an email to ColorOfChange.org.
"Equifax advertisements that appeared during the Glenn Beck Show were not specifically slated to air alongside the show and were purchased as part of a larger, rotational media buy on Fox Network," said Demitra L. Wilson, Director of Public Relations for Equifax, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We have taken the necessary steps to ensure that our ads will no longer appear during this programming."
"You will not see Flexitol commercials on the Glenn Beck show. Period," said John Swigert, Vice President and General Manager at Eulactol USA, makers of Flexitol, in an email to ColorOfChange.org.
"We asked to no longer run our commercial on the Glenn Beck show," said Bob Diener, President of GetARoom.com, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We were running on rotation and so did not know where the show would air."
"We are appalled at what's going on," said John Scher, co-CEO of Metropolitan Talent Management, in a phone conversation with ColorOfChange.org. "Metropolitan Talent Management is 100% dedicated to not buy advertising on any part of Fox News."
"We learned of this yesterday and have taken action to discontinue ads on that program," said Marty Walker, Chief Marketing Officer for ooVoo, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We gave the order to stop yesterday."
"We never, ever planned on advertising on that particular show," said Alan Graham, Marketing Vice President of Scarguard Labs, LLC, in a phone message to ColorOfChange.org. "We have taken the necessary steps to ensure we don't run ads there again."
"We have requested that they [Fox News] no longer run Schiff advertisements on that show," said Raquel Wilson, Director of Marketing for Schiff Nutrition, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "We were not aware Schiff would be slotted on the Glenn Beck show."
"The Seoul government has no plan to extend, resume, or add its commercial on the program," said Joan E. Bloom, a US spokesperson for the city of Seoul, in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "In other word [sic], there will not be Seoul commercial in the Glenn Beck program any more."
"Our advertising is no longer running on that program," said Vincent VanOss, Director of Advertising for Woodland Power Products, Inc., in a phone message for ColorOfChange.org.
Thanks again for helping us hold Beck accountable. What we've achieved wouldn't be possible without the thousands of you who have stood up and joined together to be a part of this campaign.
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