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Keith Olbermann to Join Forces with Al Gore? — Updated

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By Doug Powers  •  February 7, 2011 10:22 PM

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Nothing’s confirmed yet, but it would be a perfect match — Olbermann could spew the hot air and the ManBearPig could peddle the carbon offsets to Keith’s followers to protect themselves. It would be a “venom and antidote” business partnership made in heaven.

From the New York Times:

Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.

Neither Mr. Olbermann, his representatives, or executives from Current TV would comment on the move, but they did not deny that the channel, which counts former Vice President Al Gore as one of its founders, will become at least one partner in Mr. Olbermann’s future media plans.

One of the people with knowledge of the plans said Mr. Olbermann would have an equity stake in Current TV. The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized by their employers to comment in advance of the official announcement.
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With Current TV, Mr. Olbermann would also gain a measure of independence. Unlike most cable channels, including MSNBC, which are owned by large media companies, Current is privately and independently owned by Mr. Gore and other backers.

Olbermann hired a public relations agency to handle the changeover. Gee, who do you think wrote the press release?

“He and his new partners will make an exciting announcement regarding the next chapter in his remarkable career,” the agency wrote in an e-mail.

“His legendary humility and level of news talent that would make Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite envious are sure to follow him wherever he goes…”

Update: Olbermann’s officially now with Current. His apparent title — no kidding — is “Chief News Officer.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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