Keith Olbermann, who recently left his “Countdown” show on MSNBC, will reportedly announce his next gig on Tuesday (Feb. 8). The New York Times is reporting he is headed to the public affairs channel Current TV.
Current TV is a media company that went on the air in August 2005. It counts former Vice President Al Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt as its leaders and 10% of the company is owned by Comcast. A source tells the NYT that Olbermann would have an equity stake in the station. There is no word yet on what exactly his new program will be.
As Current TV is mostly owned by private individuals, it would afford Olbermann more leeway in espousing whatever views he sees fit. On the other hand, it’s only available in about 60 million homes, as opposed to MSNBC’s 85 million.
Current TV’s biggest headlines to date have been the 2009 imprisonment of journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling in North Korea that lasted from March until August of 2009.
Are you excited that Olbermann has a new TV gig? Check your local listings to see if you get Current TV.