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Al Gore's Desperate Bid to Keep Keith Olbermann

3 comments, 226 views, posted 4:33 pm 07/02/2012 in News by Quaektem
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Al Gore's Desperate Bid to Keep Keith Olbermann—and Save Current TV

It was early November when tensions between Keith Olbermann and Al Gore escalated into a crisis at Current TV. There had been a short honeymoon after Gore, the channel’s co-owner, had handed the notoriously temperamental anchor a reported $10 million salary and equity stake in February of last year, but the relationship soured quickly. Now, just five months after Olbermann’s show Countdown had resurfaced on Current, it looked as if he might walk away.

Accustomed to the flashy graphics and slick broadcasts of MSNBC, Olbermann balked at the cheap sets and lo-fi production values at the scrappy Current. Ensconced in his New York office, the star ignored emails from the network’s West Coast executives. He wanted them to invest more on the technical side, and he wanted more authority in other areas of the network, including personnel decisions. He was also upset about his car service. Gore and his partners had shelled out for a star; now, it seemed, the star owned them.

By November, network executives were exhausted by his antics, according to a source familiar with the inner workings of Current. Olbermann was implacable. Executives feared an ugly, public fight.

The prospects were potentially ruinous for Current. After it had struggled for six years as an assertively nonpartisan news network, baffling critics and going largely unnoticed by viewers, Current’s founders, Gore and partner Joel Hyatt, had finally come up with what could be a game-changing plan: to reinvent the station as a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week liberal cable-news outlet, a bastion for progressive ideas and politics on television, a way to harness and influence the Democratic Party—in short, as Hyatt says, the “anti-Fox.”

The timing was perfect. Current’s liberal baptism was coming at the beginning of a tabloid-ready presidential election—just the conditions that had launched Roger Ailes’s Fox News out of the 2000 race as the ballsiest and most powerful voice in political media. The network’s natural audience had been energized into a national movement in Occupy Wall Street, with young people sleeping in the streets and yelling about government corruption, industrial greed, and social inequality. At the center of Current’s rebirth was supposed to be Keith Olbermann.

Which is why, mere weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the former vice president found himself prostrate before his celebrity anchor, begging him not to go, according to the source. Internally, network executives fretted over what the former vice president should say to Olbermann to keep him onboard.

Presented with this account, Current president David Bohrman told Newsweek, “Keith is a unique guy.” Olbermann did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/05/is-keith-olbermann-the-last-hope-for-gore-s-current-tv.html

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6:12 pm 07/02/2012

Vormid

I hope they don't become 24 hour news. They had some pretty good doc's and out of the box shows like:


Kill It, Cook It, Eat It
In each episode of "Kill It, Cook It, Eat It," a diverse group of participants is challenged to procure their main course the old-fashioned way: by hunting and killing their chosen prey, butchering it in the slaughterhouse, helping to prepare it in the kitchen, and ultimately sampling it at the dinner table. Some may enjoy the process while others recoil, but for each diner it's an intense journey that just may change their perspectives - and appetites - forever.

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6:19 pm 07/02/2012

backroom

Quote by Quaektem:
Al Gore's Desperate Bid to Keep Keith Olbermann—and Save Current TV


The story is 2 pages longer than what is presented here.
Click the link people... there is more to read.

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12:02 am 08/02/2012

z0phi3l

I checked that channel out a few years ago, it was anything but bipartisan, or maybe bipartisan if you think Left leaning moderates are conservative, otherwise the channel and most of it's shows were pure Liberal crap, and done better on other channels to boot

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