Bill O’Reilly Wants You to Pay for His Podcast

Bill O’Reilly has recently started a brand new podcast called No Spin NewsIt launched on Bill O’Reilly’s website on April 24, 2017. No Spin News is being offered for free for a limited time. After Monday, May 1, 2017, those who want to listen to No Spin News will need to become a Premium Member.

As you may have heard, Bill O’Reilly was recently ousted from Fox News after the disclosure of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him and an internal investigation that turned up even more. The New York Times reported:

Mr. O’Reilly and his employers came under intense pressure after an article by The New York Times on April 1 revealed how Fox News and its parent company, 21st Century Fox, had repeatedly stood by him even after he and the company reached settlements with five women who had complained about sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior by him. The agreements totaled about $13 million.

Since then, more than 50 advertisers had abandoned his show, and women’s rights groups had called for him to be fired.

Fox News reported a portion of a statement by 21st Century Fox which said: …”the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”  ABC Chicago reported that Bill O’Reilly made a statement after being ousted that included: “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.”

In general, podcasts are offered for free. Podcasters know this – and so do podcast listeners.

Therefore, I think Bill O’Reilly may be reducing the potential size of his audience by requiring people to purchase a Premium Membership in order to listen to No Spin News. Charging a fee for something that is typically given for free might turn some potential listeners off.

A Monthly Premium Membership costs $4.95 a month. It renews automatically. There are other membership options for people who want to buy a yearly membership for themselves (or give one to someone else). There is also a 90 day membership that does not automatically renew. I’m not sure if that membership comes with access to No Spin News.

Bill O’Reilly’s website states: “All the money Bill makes from the website goes to worthy charities doing great work.”

The most recent episode of No Spin News (at the time I am writing this) was released on April 26, 2017. It is titled “O’Reilly Breaks Down President Trump’s Tax Plan.” The April 25th episode was titled: “O’Reilly on Trump’s Looming Tax Plan and More.” The debut episode, which was released on April 24, 2017, was titled: “O’Reilly’s Back: Trump’s Poll Numbers, Ann Coulter’s Safety, and More”.