Current TV nabs Keith Olbermann: News and analysis on former MSNBC host's new role

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Compiled by Justin Bank
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011; 9:20 AM

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has moved onto his next gig. As Lisa De Moraes reported:

Keith Olbermann, the sparky former anchor of MSNBC's most popular program, announced Tuesday that he will host a one-hour prime-time weeknight show on Current TV, the public-affairs network co-founded by former vice president Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.

Additionally, Olbermann will serve as chief news officer of Current, which is privately owned by Gore, Hyatt and other investors.

"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 at the top of Tuesday's news-conference call with the press.

"We are delighted to offer Keith the independent platform and the freedom that Current will provide," weighed in Gore, the network's chairman.

FasterForward weighs the pros and cons of the move:

Olbermann's decision to move to a less-accessible channel such as Current TV could frustrate his dedicated fans. On the other hand, Current TV is known for granting a great deal of flexibility to its reporters and fits in well with Olbermann's political leanings.

Olbermann has already started a new Twitter account called the FOKNewsChannel and the Times reported that someone has registered the domain name TheOlbermannShow.com.

Ultimately, Alexandra Petri doesn't think the move is a good one for Olbermann:

This is like Conan's move to TBS, but infinitely sadder, because sometimes you actually watch TBS because a friend of yours is on "Glory Daze", and he's a good guy.

But what a move -- from MSNBC to Current TV, the network run by Al Gore, America's most famous public ineffectual! This is, of course, anecdotal, but have you ever met anyone who admitted to watching Current TV? I haven't! Regular Current TV viewers are like Yetis. I don't believe they exist.

Maybe Keith Olbermann can change that. But right now, if he makes a controversial comment on Current TV, I'm not fully convinced it will make a sound.

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