Keith Olbermann Moving To Current TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Less than a month after leaving MSNBC, liberal host Keith Olbermann said Tuesday he’s headed to Current TV.

Olbermann will start this spring with a prime-time talk show on Current, which was formed six years ago by former Vice President Al Gore . He was also named chief news officer at Current, which is available in 60 million homes in the U.S.

Financial terms were not divulged, although Current said Olbermann will get an equity stake in the company. Olbermann’s hiring was the biggest moment in the history of Current, which began as a network geared primarily toward young people featuring viewer-generated short videos and is now evolving into a more traditional network. Its showcase is the investigative documentary series “Vanguard.”

Olbermann’s nightly “Countdown” show was MSNBC’s most popular, and
the network built a left-leaning prime-time schedule from Olbermann’s template and with his protégés.

His new show doesn’t have a name or a time slot yet, nor is it clear how Current will fill out the rest of its prime-time lineup around him.

Current said that as chief news officer, Olbermann would “provide editorial guidance for all of our political news, commentary and current events programming.”

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