Olbermann Joins Current TV As Chief News Officer, Eyes Primetime Return In Late Spring


Keith Olbermann will host a nightly primetime news and commentary show on Current TV, confirming a report Monday evening that the former MSNBC host was joining the public affairs channel.

Olbermann will executive produce the untitled show, set to premiere in late spring. The show will air live five nights a week, from a New York-based studio. He will also have an equity stake in the company and serve as its chief news officer.

As part of that title, he will provide editorial guidance on news coverage, be involved with the net's Vanguard series and the conceiving of future editorial programming.

Current execs denied that a plan was in place for Olbermann to join the network prior to his abrupt departure from MSNBC, saying they approached Olbermann after he announced his exit on his MSNBC Countdown program Jan. 21.

Olbermann called joining the network "the most exciting venture in my career" on a conference call with press Tuesday morning, talking up Current's independently owned credentials.

The network is premiering a new slate of programming to ad buyers at its upfront presentation Wednesday in New York, at which time execs say it will become clear what kind of a position the network hopes to take in the cable news space.

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