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Olbermann, Gore’s ‘truth-seeking’ TV

Unabashed liberal news anchor Keith Olbermann will return to television on Current TV, taking a leadership position and holding an equity stake at the public affairs channel run by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Unabashed liberal news anchor Keith Olbermann will return to television on Current TV, taking a leadership position and holding an equity stake at the public affairs channel run by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

Olbermann, who abruptly parted ways with cable news network MSNBC in January, will drive Current TV’s editorial operation as chief news officer and host a one-hour prime-time show airing weeknights from New York, beginning later in 2011.

The outspoken political affairs anchor — whose departure from MSNBC came just over two months after that network briefly suspended him for giving money to three Democratic politicians during the 2010 congressional election campaign — trumpeted his move as swapping to a “truth-seeking entity.”

He called it “truly the most exciting venture in my career,’’ and said Current TV, which is independent from major media organizations and privately owned by Gore and other backers, was in a viewership and financial position as favorable as any cable network he had joined in the past.

Al Gore says ...

» Gore said Olbermann, whose ‘’Countdown with Keith Olbermann’’ drew over 1 million viewers a night, would lure advertisers to the network.
» He said Olbermann would have free reign to make any political donations he liked with full disclosure.
» “We believe at Current that every citizen has the freedom of speech and that freedom of speech includes the ability to donate to candidates of your choice,” said Gore, adding that “full disclosure” was “also important to inform the viewers.”

 
 
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