Keith Olbermann takes the keys to the Current TV kingdom
MSNBC refugee will have a nightly show and an equity stake
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NEW YORK (AP) — Keith Olbermann, who last month abruptly left his MSNBC talk show, is headed to the Current TV public-affairs channel.
Current announced Tuesday that Olbermann will host a nightly prime-time news and commentary show. His program will begin later this year.
The network said Olbermann will also serve as chief news officer and have an equity stake in Current Media.
The outspoken Olbermann had been at MSNBC since 2003, where his nightly "Countdown" was the top-rated program and helped mold that network as a left-leaning alternative to Fox News Channel. But his relationship with network bosses was stormy.
Current, co-founded in 2005 by former Vice President Al Gore, is now revamping its little-seen schedule. The addition of Olbermann could raise its profile among viewers.
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