After speculation about Keith Olbermann‘s new television gig, the news is now official via Olberman’s Twitter account: “Greetings from Keith Olbermann, Chief News Officer of Current Media! And awayyyyyy we go! #FOK.”
Olbermann’s “Countdown” contract was terminated by MSNBC three weeks ago and rumors have been flying about where the famously left-wing commentator would end up. We aren’t sure exactly what Chief News Office entails and we wonder if there is an on-air component to it.
Current TV, a media company owned largely by former Vice President Al Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt, is available in about 60 million homes and, as it is not primarily owned by a media corporation but instead private investors, should afford Olbermann more leeway to espouse any views he sees fit on the air.
Before now, the biggest story surrounding Current TV was the 2009 five-month imprisonment of its journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling in North Korea.
What do you think? Excited for Keith’s new job?