Countdown Continues

Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann has announced today that he will return to cable on Current TV; the Network started by Al Gore and investor Joel Hyatt. Olbermann will also be a stakeholder in the company and he will be the Chief News Officer according to Current TV’s website.

Keith has stated that he thinks this a good fit for his and Current TV’s vision of news being unbiased by corporate interests. Olbermann will have adhere to the no-compete clause in his MSNBC contract that keeps him off the air for an unspecified period of time, but that gives Current and Olbermann time to ramp up his new show. Expect to see Keith back on air in late spring.

Keith was instrumental in salvaging MSNBC as a cable network. No doubt he will be doing that again for Current TV. My prediction is that Current will merge with HuffingtonPost/AOL in the future to become the face of new media. For now, Olbermann’s brand, as predicted, will have a new home.


About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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14 Responses to Countdown Continues

  1. GROG says:

    Olbermann is probably a good fit for Current. He’s a bitter, discontent type who attracted a fringe audience. His best days at MSNBC were over after Bush left office. During those years he was spewing his vitriolic, hate-Bush rhetoric on a nightly basis and misery seeks company.

  2. Mule Rider says:

    “My prediction is that Current will merge with HuffingtonPost/AOL in the future to become the face of new media.”

    My prediction for Keith Olbermann is EPIC FAIL.

  3. drfunguy says:

    Nothing like sober, fact-based analyses, eh MR and Grog?
    Personally I don’t pay much attention to TV news of any sort (except CBC); those who rely on cable news to be less informed than those using diverse sources
    http://people-press.org/report/319/public-knowledge-of-current-affairs-little-changed-by-news-and-information-revolutions
    BTW I’d love to see a more up-to-date and thorough study of this sort if anyone knows of one from a neutral source.

  4. Mule Rider says:

    “Nothing like sober, fact-based analyses, eh MR and Grog?”

    There’s not much “sober” or “fact-based” to discuss when it comes to Keith Olbermann, the biggest clown on TV since Bozo.

  5. mclever says:

    NBC/MSNBC really likes to shaft its talent… If that network family fails, it won’t be because of their “liberalism” or lack thereof, but from sheer mismanagement.

    That said, I think it’s good that Keith has found a new home. Current TV sounds like a decent ideological fit for him. I would guess that his addition to Current TV will result in a significant ratings boost and general awareness of the network. Conservatives may laugh, but KO’s following of fans is not trivial.

    Due to the non-compete with MSNBC, he won’t be able to be on air for a while yet. I wonder if time away from the camera will give him the opportunity to reflect on his own contributions to the current hostile media environment. I’ll be interested to see the reviews of his new show say. Who knows? If reviews are good, I may even tune in a time or two.

  6. drfunguy says:

    @MR
    Seriously, is there anyone on TV news you’d hold up as a positive example?

  7. mclever says:

    @drfunguy

    Anderson Cooper? He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he seems to cut pretty straight and honest most of the time.

  8. Mule Rider says:

    “Seriously, is there anyone on TV news you’d hold up as a positive example?”

    I like watching the evening national news on NBC with Brian Williams. Fortunately for me, I don’t have cable/satellite, so I’m not tempted to listen to those airheads.

  9. drfunguy says:

    When I watch national news, its CBC. I think that the anchor is Lloyd Rbertson, but as I said I hardly watch _any_ tv news…
    As for US cable, I would put CNN on the top of the (very smelly) heap.

  10. Bart DePalma says:

    :::chuckle:::

    There were no positions open on the Golf Network?

  11. mclever says:

    @drfunguy

    Yeah, if I’m watching TV “news”, it’s usually Jon Stewart…

    Like you, I hardly watch any TV news. We don’t currently have the CBC option here, so I get most of my news from the Internet.

  12. drfunguy says:

    Mclever
    Another advantage of living north of the border 🙂

  13. mclever says:

    drfunguy,

    My in-laws live in Buffalo, so they watch Toronto news…

    😉

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