On his conference call announcing his new venture, Keith Olbermann has announced that he will be chief news officer for Current TV, with a tv show debuting later this year. Olbermann says it will be “news that is produced independently of corporate interference.”
From Current’s press release:
Keith Olbermann, the acclaimed broadcaster and writer whose verbal pyrotechnics and moral passion have outraged, informed, and dazzled viewers of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” for the past eight years, is bringing his slashing wit, analytical eye, and distinctive commentary to Current Media, the Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning TV and digital media company that was founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt and is now distributed in more than 75 million households around the world. The news was announced today in New York.
In addition to executive producing and hosting a new nightly primetime news and commentary show, Keith Olbermann will also serve as the company’s Chief News Officer and will have an equity stake in Current Media.
The new show will air weeknights in primetime beginning later in 2011.