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Reports: Trump Eyes TV Network Launch

Donald Trump is keen to start a TV network, according to press reports, catering to the many fans he’s attracted across his decades in the public eye, and his more recent run as a presidential hopeful. The Financial Times reported that Trump’s son in law, the newspaper owner Jared Kushner, contacted Aryeh Bourkoff, founder of the New York-based investment bank LionTree, about backing a TV venture if he loses the election Nov. 8.

Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, owns the New York Observer and is a close confidante of the GOP standard bearer.

In June, Vanity Fair reported that Trump was keen to expand his TV holdings beyond his own Trump Productions, with an eye on a "mini-media conglomerate."

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Trump has denied talk of TV plans in recent weeks. In September, when his shot at securing the White House looked far more favorable, he told the Washington Post: “I want to win the presidency. I have no interest in a media company.”

One model for Trump may be Glenn Beck’s streaming service TheBlaze, which he launched in 2011 after departing Fox News. Subscriptions cost $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year.

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The statistical analysis platform FiveThirtyEight said Trump had an 11.8% chance of winning the presidency at presstime.

Trump’s press office did not return a request for comment, on short notice.