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article imageKeith Olbermann back on the air with Al Gore's Current TV

By Kay Mathews     Feb 8, 2011 in Entertainment
Later this year Keith Olbermann will host a news and commentary show for Current TV, and Current Media chairman Al Gore considers him a "great fit" for the channel.
As reported on Digital Journal, on Jan. 21 Keith Olbermann concluded his MSNBC program by announcing that it was the end of the "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" show. The abrupt end to that show left many wondering what would come next for Olbermann. That question has been answered.
According to Current TV, "Keith Olbermann has selected Current TV as the new home for his exciting, thought-provoking, independent voice."
The nightly primetime news and commentary show will be executive produced and hosted by Olbermann. His roles will also include serving as Current Media's Chief News officer, and Olbermann will have a equity stake in the company.
The program is slated to air weeknights and begin sometime later in 2011.
Current Media was founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.
The Huffington Post quotes former Vice President Al Gore, the chairman of Current TV, as saying he "was 'extremely honored and delighted' that Olbermann was coming to Current....Olbermann was a 'great fit with Current in every way.'"
In a conference call with reporters on Tuesday morning, reports the Huffington Post, Olbermann said "that '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 that is produced independently of corporate interference.'" Further, "He called Current 'the model truth seeking entity' in television, and said that his new show was 'the most exciting event in my career.'"
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