Glenn Beck, who is planning to open a Texas office/studio for his fledgling Web TV operation, is eyeing a former megachurch as its home.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Beck is considering the Gateway Church property near Dallas for his Mercury Radio Arts production company. The 60,774-square-foot building includes a 16,873-square-foot auditorium that seats 1,700 people, which would be used to tape Beck's web TV show. Gateway recently relocated to a larger campus in the area, opening the door for Beck.
A spokesman for Mercury Radio Arts confirmed to The Cutline that the company is "exploring its options for office and studio space in the area and this is part of that process."
The paper reported that a "handful" of supportive local residents attended a neighborhood meeting to hear more about Beck's potential move.
"We may love him dearly," one of them told the paper. "But there are a lot of people who don't."
According to the zoning proposal, an eight-foot fence "would surround the facility, and select parking lots would be secured with gates." Joe Kerry, Beck's chief of staff, told the paper they would have security on site.
Beck's megachurch bid goes before the Southlake, Texas, Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday and city council on Nov. 1.Read More »from Glenn Beck eyes Texas megachurch for new home of GBTV