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Keith Olbermann Headed To Current TV



An interesting move for the progressive star, formerly of MSNBC:
Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people on Monday familiarwith his plans pointed to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.

Mr. Olbermann, his representatives and executives from Current TV declined to comment on the move, but they did not deny that the channel, which counts former Vice President Al Gore as one of its founders, will become at least one partner in Mr. Olbermann’s future media plans.

One of the people with knowledge of the plans said Mr. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV. The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized by their employers to comment in advance of the official announcement.

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With Current TV, Mr. Olbermann would also gain a measure of independence. Unlike most cable channels, including MSNBC, which are owned by large media companies, Current is privately and independently owned by Mr. Gore and other backers.
Current TV is far less accessible for viewers, but I suppose that this is a shrewd move for both Olbermann. Maybe this will bring more attention to the upstart network -- and to Olbermann as well.

I mean, remember what Dan Rather did for HDNet. Right? RIGHT?

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