Current TV, founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, has made a massive scoop by signing up The Young Turks (TYT) for a one hour show starting later this year. They hope to attract the massive audience base that the online progressive news show has attracted. Fans of TYT are assured that the whole of TYT team is heading over to Current where charismatic Cenk Uygur will anchor the new show, whilst the online news show will continue in its current format.
Uygur issued a statement carried by The New York Times
"Current is the perfect place for our show. We wanted to be in a place that is both independent and truly progressive, not owned and encumbered by a media conglomerate."
Addressing TYT audience Uygur explained why he’s excited Current wanted TYT. He says Current is independent with no Washington interests and can offer bigger resources as well as access to satellite. He wants to
“Create a home for honest discussion about the issues”
and acknowledges television is more influential in Washington.
Uygur is a supporter of Al Gore, Chairman of Current TV, whom he says was right about climate change, the war in Iraq, civil liberties and torture.
“This isn’t kiss up,”
Uygur says. Al Gore is equally complimentary about Uygur, writing on Current Com
“Cenk Uygur has a strong grasp of what audiences seek: context and insight about the news and complex issues that affect their lives, unfettered by corporate influences. He has a unique and compelling way of boiling it down for his viewers.”
Current TV makes no bones about their ambitions to capture TYT’s huge audience base, hoping to boost ratings. Current com issued this statement:
“Uygur has built a massive audience, who tune in for and expect his independent, courageous and often-controversial point of view each week night.”
The show has attracted more than 500 million views on You Tube.
Uygur boasts an impressive education as a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton Business School and Columbia Law School. He recently parted ways with “MSNBC Live” and will host TYT on Current TV as the lead in for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”