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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Current TV back in the headlines with Olbermann pickup

By Hayley Tsukayama

When Keith Olbermann takes his new job as the Chief News Officer for Current TV, Al Gore's public affairs channel, he will be returning to working for Comcast, which recently took control of NBC and MSNBC -- the network that he just left. Comcast owns a 10 percent stake in Current TV, as noted in a Monday report from The New York Times.

Olbermann made his announcement at 11 a.m. Tuesday -- an event spoofed on Twitter as being on-par with LeBron James' "The Decision." Followers were encouraged to use the hashtag #FOK, or Friends of Keith.

Greetings from Keith Olbermann, Chief News Officer of Current Media! And awayyyyyy we go! #FOKless than a minute ago via Twittelator

Media analysts have said that Current TV is either a brilliant or ridiculous place for the hot-headed Olbermann.

Olbermann's decision to move to a less-accessible channel such as Current TV could frustrate his dedicated fans. On the other hand, Current TV is known for granting a great deal of flexibility to its reporters and fits in well with Olbermann's political leanings.

Olbermann has already started a new Twitter account called the FOKNewsChannel and the Times reported that someone has registered the domain name TheOlbermannShow.com.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 8, 2011; 10:20 AM ET
 
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Interestingly, as Current TV is on, for example, Channel 192 on FiOS, right between the G4 Video Game Network and Chiller, the scary movie network, this will be like Dan Rather's "big" move to HDNet; he will be a forgotten footnote and no longer a star in the TV firmament.

And since I have never liked Keith Olbermann's aggressive sounding tone of voice, I am quite pleased with the change. As much as I think Dan Rather got caught up in the MSM anti-Bush fervor, he at least was usually an honest reporter most of the time.

Posted by: carlmr | February 8, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Liberals do take care of each other, no doubt about it. Al (I invented the internet) Gore was not about to let Mr. "Thrill shoots Down My Leg" Olbermann fade away into the shadows. Too many loons associate themselves to him.

Well, the Far Left is not going anywhere, I'm afraid. Just like the Far Right isn't. What a shame.

Posted by: stinkyliberals | February 8, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

presumably the show will also be available via their website, so any of his fans who don't have access to Current can still see him.

There's an interesting collection of these new little niche-y channels available on FiOS anyway. Current is probably the oldest of them. But their programming has gotten quite odd lately. They show "Dazed and Confused" a lot, for example. So if they refocus on news and world affairs I think that will be a good thing.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 8, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

@stinkyliberals, Al Gore never claimed to have invented the Internet. He merely made a poor choice of words describing his legislation promoting its development. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnFJ8cHAlco

Also, it was Chris Matthews who made the 'thrill down my leg' statement, not Keith Olbermann.

If you're going to smear people, at least base it in fact, ya dummy.

Posted by: lancemonotone | February 8, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

That is where Keith Olbermann belongs, on a nothing channel that most people do not even know exists. A monkey shelling peanuts would raise the viewership of Current TV. He is a loser and so is Al Gore. By the way, lancemonotone, Al Gore DID say he invented the internet. Sending someone to a different video is dodging the truth. Gore also said we were all in danger from global warming until the email showing the fraud came out and most of the nation was buried in a blizzard. Now he and his followers have renamed their hoax "climate change". The climate has been changing ever since the earth has existed. Keith Olbermann and Al Gore have several things in common with most of their followers. Their IQs are about the same as their belt size.

Posted by: good_angel | February 8, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

NPR chief said that Juan Williams needed counseling when she fired him, but this dude needs it big time. Obsessed with Fox News and Sarah Palin. I don't have access to this channel so I won't be checking out the Chief Loon. I will miss that, he was always good for a laugh.

Posted by: VastRightWingConspirator | February 8, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The truth hurts and I guess that's what KO is guilty of, telling the truth.
I just want to wish Keith the very best of luck with his new role at Current TV.

Posted by: afsisca60 | February 8, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Haaaaahhaaaahahhhhaaaaaaaaaahh! I didn't know that there was an official loser network!

Posted by: epicwolf1 | February 8, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

How sad that Al Gore would need such a hate filled hypocrite to speak for him. Seems like we were better off with the results of 2000 after all.

Posted by: changethis | February 8, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I hope Keith will urge Al to kill the on-screen logo which has always been an annoyance and distraction...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | February 10, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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