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Keith Olbermann Heads to Current TV

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 8th 2011 11:08AM
Keith Olbermann, Current TVKeith Olbermann has found a new cable home: Current TV.

The cable network announced that the incendiary former top-rated MSNBC host will helm a new nightly prime-time news and commentary show that will debut sometime later this year.

Olbermann was also named chief news officer of Current TV and will receive an equity stake in the company. Current TV, founded in part by former Vice President Al Gore, began in 2005 and now has international branches in the U.K., Italy and South Africa.

"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," Olbermann said in a press release.

"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."

In a conference call with reporters, Olbermann said his comments about a free and independent media weren't "directed at my nine full-time previous employers."

"There is nothing wrong with people making money and corporations being involved in covering information, provided there is an avenue in which those marketing forces are not the deciding factor in what we are doing," he said."

Olbermann anchored his final 'Countdown' on MSNBC Jan. 21, then abruptly announced his departure from the network.

Just a couple months before his exit, Olbermann was suspended by MSNBC for making donations to the campaigns of Democratic House members Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, along with Kentucky Senate contender Jack Conway. Since they weren't cleared by the network first, the donations violated MSNBC policy.

Olbermann told reporters he didn't "want to imply that there were massive repressive forces working against individual stories. This is the time for me in my career to continue to evolve, to continue to do a better job, and what is required is an opportunity to work in a much more pristine environment. Not to criticize what is being done elsewhere."

On the call, Gore called Olbermann "one of the unfettered voices on TV" and a "great fit with Current in every way."

But Olbermann's fans may have trouble finding his new show on the dial. Current TV is available in 60 million homes, versus MSNBC's 85 million. Plus, while MSNBC is a basic cable channel, Current TV is generally only available to digital cable subscribers. Still, if Current TV can attract some of Olbermann's former 'Countdown' viewers (about 1 million a night), it can only boost their own meager audience (about 23,000 a night).

Tell us: Do you like this move? Will you watch Olbermann on Current TV?

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Glad I have Dish Network and can see Keith's new show. Hope they create some other shows with say, Bill Press and Thom Hartman. They would also be a good fit in the new Current TV Newsroom.

March 27 2011 at 9:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am so looking forward to Keith Overman coming to our area of Southern California. I miss his comentary as he was my favorite program of the entire offerings of the televfision for the day. He is GREAT.

March 06 2011 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pete Morrison

Glad you landed on Current. Been wondering what happened to you. We have missed you and will be looking forward to seeing you on Current. I know you will keep up the good method of reporting to the American people as you have demonstrated in the past.

February 25 2011 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hell YES!!!

February 15 2011 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BRAVO!!!!! I am happy for you, Keith!!! Current TV,rocks!!

February 14 2011 at 5:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply


February 13 2011 at 9:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Tony Soprano

Granted, Keith can sometimes be charmingly abrasive and maniacally antic, (a la SNL's Matt Damon caricature); but point by point, word by word, thought to coherently cogent thought, nobody does it better! All you right(wrong) Palinista/DeMintists stop hating and let the Countdown begin! Who's Worst in the World?

February 13 2011 at 4:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Isn't it amazing what actions will be taken by the people who continue to deny the truth of what the last administration did to destroy this Republic and are now terribly afraid of people like Keith and want to keep the voters "dumbed down'?

February 12 2011 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Found out today that Charter Cable does not carry Current TV.
If we request that they do they could add it to their line up.

February 12 2011 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ray Andres

I have to agree with Ray Andres Sr. he is an outstanding journalist!

February 12 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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