Gore And Olbermann Hope To Put Current On Map
Former Vice President Al Gore has quickly come to the rescue of Keith Olbermann, who suddenly announced his departure from MSNBC last Friday. Gore has hired Olbermann to anchor a new talk show beginning this spring on his relatively obscure Current cable network, in the hopes that he may raise its profile and expand its reach beyond the 60 million homes where it is currently available. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Current said that Olbermann will receive a stake in the network -- in effect making him his own boss, an ideal situation for Olbermann, a firebrand who notoriously has clashed with past bosses. "Nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news that is produced independent of corporate interference," he said during a conference call on Tuesday, adding, "None of this should be considered directed toward any of my nine full-time previous employers." Gore also emphasized that Olbermann will be an "unfettered" voice at the channel. "I really think speaking truth to power is the main objective." he said. His partner, Joel Hyatt, added, "As far as we're concerned, this is the best investment that Current has ever made."