Gore’s Current TV Brings Back ‘Great Provocateur’ Olbermann
February 8, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)—Well, that didn’t take long. Less than three-weeks after abruptly leaving MSNBC, progressive firebrand Keith Olbermann announced today he’s joining Al Gore’s fledgling independent cable outlet, Current TV. A slew of press releases from Olbermann and Current Media executives in the wake of the Media Decoder’s report on Monday, tells us that Olbermann will host a new nightly “primetime news and commentary show.” In his new role, Olbermann will also serve as Current’s chief news officer and will enjoy an equity stake in the company formed in 2005. Al Gore, Chairman and co-founder of Current Media, described Olbermann, as a sterling example of the rare “truly distinct, unfettered voices on television.” The free-wheeling Olberman, who publicly clashed with his superiors at MSNBC, hailed Current Media, as a “model truth-seeking entity,” free from “corporate interference.” The media conglomerate Comcast, officially took over MSNBC soon after Olbermann left his “Countdown” perch.
Current TV offers smart and unique programming, including the acclaimed documentary series “Vanguard,” but few people see it because not many cable companies offer Current TV as part of its standard lineup. That may now change with Olbermann’s exciting entry, as his legion of fans start demanding access.
Olbermann’s remarks: “Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media, and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference. In Current Media, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt have created the model truth-seeking entity. The opportunity to partner with Al, Joel and Mark Rosenthal makes this the most exciting venture in my career.”
The Current TV website now has a splashy announcement on Olbermann’s return to the airwaves: “A few weeks ago, a great provocateur left the television airwaves. But we’re binging him back. We are pleased to announce that Keith Olbermann has selected Current TV as the new home for his exciting, thought provoking, independent voice.”
And there you have it. Olbermann’s new show is expected sometime in the late spring, after fulfilling his non-compete agreement with MSNBC.