Gore and Olbermann Tap CNN, NBC and ABC Veteran Bohrman to Run Current TV

TV Newser just posted the news that David Bohrman, the long-time Washington Bureau Chief for CNN, has been hired by Al Gore’s Current TV, the cable home of Keith Olbermann which is transforming itself into a far-left news service. In Current TV’s press release, Gore trumpeted how Bohrman shares the “vision” to create a “progressive voice in the news and political commentary arena.”

The press release touted how Bohrman “will also work closely with Current’s Chief News Officer Keith Olbermann, who is host of Current’s centerpiece program, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, as the network expands its primetime line-up and election coverage.”

The press release featured praise from Gore, who co-founded the channel with Joel Hyatt, a prolific donor to Democratic candidates:

“Current’s mission has always been to shine a light on important issues, to spark debate and to speak truth to power. Earlier this year, we advanced this mission when we brought Keith Olbermann to Current and clearly stated our intent to be a truly independent, conflict-free, progressive voice in the news and political commentary arena,” said Mr. Gore. “David Bohrman passionately shares our vision. He has innovation in his DNA, and he has the unique qualifications and relationships to take Current to a whole new level in programming and production. I very much admire David’s excellent work, his integrity, his drive and his consistent track record of innovation. He will be a tremendous leader for Current, and Joel and I are proud to have David join us in this exciting venture.”

Just on Friday Wolf Blitzer ended CNN’s The Situation Room by saying good-bye to Bohrman, who until May, when he assumed the title of Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Worldwide for CNN, had run the network’s DC bureau and overseen all of its political and campaign coverage.

Current’s press release recited Bohrman’s pre-CNN media positions:

He executive produced almost all of NBC News’ special news events from 1993-1997 and was part of MSNBC’s launch team, where he created two of that network’s original programs, The Site and Imus in the Morning. For 13 years before that, Bohrman was at ABC News, where in addition to being the principal creator and executive producer of its World News Now program and of ABC News Interactive, he was also a senior producer and part of the launch team for Nightline.

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center