They’ll join the lineup in early spring with Current offering simulcasts of their radio shows. Full Court Press: The Bill Press Show will run from 6-9 AM ET, and Talking Liberally: The Stephanie Miller Show will follow until noon. Here’s the network’s release:
New York, NY – March 5, 2012 – Current TV today announced the launch of a new morning news block featuring live simulcasts of the radio programs “The Bill Press Show” from 6am-9am ET and “The Stephanie Miller Show” from 9am-12pm ET every weekday starting early this spring. These additions further strengthen Current’s line-up of political commentary and analysis programs which include “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur,” and “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm”.
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With its biggest programming announcement, the launch of a Keith Olbermann primetime show, made yesterday, Current TV held an anticlimactic upfront presentation today, at which it unveiled other new series and specials. Here is the cable network’s upcoming slate: Read More »
Two weeks after his abrupt exit from MSNBC, Keith Olbermann has landed at Al Gore’s Current Media. Because of Olbermann’s liberal leanings, Current TV had been rumored as a potential future home, but he had hinted about doing something more entrepreneurial after his abrupt exit from MSNBC on Jan 21.
On Current TV, Olbermann will host an hourlong weekday primetime show, set to launch in late spring. Additionally, he will have an equity stake in Current Media and will serve as Current TV’s Chief News Officer, providing “guidance” to the cable network’s news, commentary and documentary programming. “Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media, and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference,” said Olbermann. He said the new show for Current will be an “improved, amplified and stronger version” of his previous show on MSNBC.
Olbermann’s arrival is sure to raise the profile of struggling Current TV but will be a big step down in visibility for MSNBC’s former flagship host. After five years, Current TV is not even rated yet, which usually means that a network’s owners don’t want people to know how few viewers watch it. It’s primetime viewership is estimated to be 20,000, compared to the average of 1 million who tuned in to Olbermann’s MSNBC show last year. Current TV is available in 60-65 million homes in the U.S. but on the digital tier only. MSNBC, on the other hand, is a basic … Read More »