Olbermann announces next move
February 8th, 2011
11:13 AM ET
12 years ago

Olbermann announces next move

(CNN) - Keith Olbermann will be hosting a primetime show on Current TV – the network backed in part by Al Gore, the former MSNBC host announced Tuesday.

Olbermann abruptly departed MSNBC two weeks ago. He will begin his show "later in 2011," according to a statement from Current TV.

Full statement:

NEW YORK – February 8, 2011 – Keith Olbermann, the acclaimed broadcaster and writer whose verbal pyrotechnics and moral passion have outraged, informed, and dazzled viewers of "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" for the past eight years, is bringing his slashing wit, analytical eye, and distinctive commentary to Current Media, the Emmy┬« and Peabody Award-winning TV and digital media company that was founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt and is now distributed in more than 75 million households around the world.

In addition to executive producing and hosting a new nightly primetime news and commentary show, Olbermann will also serve as the company's Chief News Officer and will have an equity stake in Current Media.

The new show will air live weeknights in primetime beginning later in 2011.

"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," said Olbermann. "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."

"Keith Olbermann is a gifted thinker, an amazing talent and a powerful communicator, and having him tap Current as his new home is exciting and very much in line with the core vision we founded this network on: To engage viewers with smart, provocative and timely programming," said Al Gore, Chairman and co-founder of Current. "In a world where there are fewer and fewer opportunities to hear truly distinct, unfettered voices on television, we are delighted to provide Keith with the independent platform and freedom that Current can, and does uniquely offer."

"Keith Olbermann is one of our society's most courageous talents. He speaks truth to power. He calls them as he sees them. He speaks his mind. Our society needs his kind of thoughtful analysis and commentary," said Joel Hyatt, Executive Vice Chairman and co-founder of Current. "Keith Olbermann is not afraid of dissenters. In his long and impressive career, he has developed a massive following of intelligent, informed people who enjoy a good debate and smart conversation. We welcome Keith and we also look forward to welcoming his fans as new Current TV viewers."

Keith Olbermann's show will lead a programming slate on Current that includes original and acquired TV series aimed at an influential adult audience. Current features compelling stories about everyday heroes and ordinary people in extraordinary situations, and takes you to sometimes dangerous and always intriguing places. Current shines a light on controversial subjects, tackling hot issues of the day in a thoughtful and sometimes humorous way. Current engages its viewers by sparking debate and discussion, and via interactive formats that allow viewers to inform its stories.

"We're very excited to welcome Keith Olbermann to Current," said Mark Rosenthal, CEO, Current Media. "Current is aimed at viewers who seek authentic, thought-provoking and meaningful television and an alternative to the 'scripted reality' or hard news found on other non-fiction networks. Keith is one of our great provocateurs. His style and voice are perfectly aligned with the programming we've developed to deliver on what those viewers demand."

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. NJfinest2009

    Yeah Keith, I cant wait, Hoping rachel, ed and Lawrence will be coming with you. Sorry rachel, ed, lawrence, but since keith left, MSNBC is only looked @ from time to time with a once in a while glance at Chris Matthews (but I like all of them)

    February 8, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. Dodd

    Thank god for small favors I don't have to pass this clown on regular TV every night. I find it ironic he will be working for another master of deceptoion – Al Gore. Those two could be in the circus together and cheat kids on all the games.

    February 8, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Nancy

    I will be so happy not to watch his show!!

    February 8, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Dennis

    Current Tv? Is that a local access station? My cable doesn't have it, fortunately.

    February 8, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Jim

    "and we also look forward to welcoming his fans as new Current TV viewers."

    That says it all. A sinking ship in need of viewers. Their fundamental flaw which will always keep them struggling for viewers, is that they are rabidly ideologically left-wing. That will never create a powerhouse.

    So they hire Olbermann, the "savior of MSNBC". That is like hiring the tallest midget for your NBA team. Current will gladly accept all 37 of his loyal followers.

    February 8, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  6. Motor City Mike

    Current TV? This is too rich! Appears Keith and his politics and vile mouth have found the proper home. Perhaps he can help Al invent another Internet-type device that'll help this whole global warming trend. These two deserve one another, no doubt.

    February 8, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Maxconserve

    He and Gore belong together-out of sight and out of mind.

    February 8, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. lun

    The descriptions of Olberman strike me as rather different from my perceptions.

    February 8, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. John G

    KO will launch this network into the spotlight and increase its audience.

    February 8, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. GLM

    I didn't think it was possible that Olberblown could draw lower ratings than he did at MSNBC. But Current TV?! He could become even more obscure – plus take a portion of MSNBC's miniscule audience with him. If a commentator has a show that nobody watches – is he still relevant?

    February 8, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Anawynn13

    LOL What a match made in heaven...an irrelevant, loud-mouth, hate-spewing liberal who consistently skews the facts, matched with the same in a network. Now that's poetic justice.

    February 8, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. John

    Kieth Who????

    Al Gore, isn't that the guy who invented the Opti-Grab or something? I know he invented something, but I can't remember what it was...
    Hmmmmmm. Maybe I'll look it up on the internet and find out.....

    February 8, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Dobbie

    Olbermann in 2012! The man's a true genius and Patriot; if you disagree you are either ignorant or a Repuke..

    February 8, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Name Samsonite

    Olberman is highly talented, but seem investers don't want to give him freedom to work

    February 8, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  15. steve grant

    Mooney should feel free.....after kissing both Gore and Olberrtwerp's asses....to now lap them across.

    February 8, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. chatmandu002

    Keith, the spin-meister, Ubermann is to the far-left liberals, progressives, socialist as Glenn Beck is to the right side of the crowds. Only Ubermann doesn't say "don't believe me, look it up" like Glenn Beck says. Keith expects everyone to believe him because he is an elitist and knows everything about everything.

    February 8, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. viejo

    Perfect! He'll still have nobody watch him!

    February 8, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. loopey1

    Oh cool. Now Olby can lean forward and peer deep into the camera while spewing his vile, hate based name calling rants – to the 10 viewers who regurally watch Current TV. The rapid fall of KO continues.

    February 8, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. H. Johnshon

    Happy to see Olberman is continuing his downward spiral. This will pretty much guarantee that even fewer people will be subjected to his leftist ignorance.

    February 8, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. mpk

    Not surprised and is good news. Olbermann and Gore are made for each other. Washed up and rejected by society, as are their loyal followers. Can't wait for them to pull in other like-minded hacks. On stage is the death of liberalism. Hurry-up find a seat, get your popcorn, and enjoy the show.

    February 8, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  21. bkepley

    "Keith Olbermann, the acclaimed broadcaster and writer whose verbal pyrotechnics and moral passion have outraged, informed, and dazzled viewers of "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" for the past eight years, is bringing his slashing wit, analytical eye, and distinctive commentary to Current Media"

    Take a cold shower or something.

    February 8, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Bill

    some of his followers said it best. I will have to "find" this network. Yes he landed on his feet. Not much good in quicksand though.

    February 8, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. David Moore

    It does not get any better than this.
    He has been fired from the moonbat station to work for the huckser, internet inventor
    and Nobel peace prize award recipient – The one and only BIG AL – every treehuggers pal

    February 8, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Liberal Idiots

    If Olbermann speaks on the Gore network do people really hear him? Even less than they used to. HA HA HA The guy is the gift that keeps on giving.

    February 8, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  25. syd chaden

    A match made in heaven. Gore should receive ten million carbon credits for taking on Olbermann, or, should he have to pay ten million carbon credits? Whichever, it's nice to know that Olbermann has found a home with someone who will listen to him. And Gore has a potential vice-presidential candidate, if he ever decides to run again.

    February 8, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
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