Current TV Bathtubs Olbermann for Iowa Caucus Coverage
December 30, 2011 - 9:41 am
Despite being the biggest star on the fledging channel, Mr. Olbermann is not scheduled to anchor Current’s coverage of the Iowa caucus or the New Hampshire primary in January. Instead, Current’s other prime time anchors, Cenk Uygur and Jennifer Granholm, will be joined by the channel’s chairman, the former vice president Al Gore, according to the channel’s TV schedule.
Mr. Olbermann also was noticeably absent from two special reports that Current produced after Republican debates in mid-December. Those, too, were anchored by Mr. Uygur.
Evidently the megawattage that some middling HuffPoster and a failed governor bring to bear outshine the latter day Edward R. Murrow. Or, he’s been up to his usual shenanigans.
In the television industry, Mr. Olbermann is well known for fights with his bosses; stories abound about his refusal to speak to managers and executives. At Current, this behavior has continued, according to four people with knowledge of the situation, one of whom described Mr. Olbermann as “disgruntled.”
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because speaking publicly could jeopardize their jobs. Current’s president, David Bohrman, did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday, on what is traditionally a holiday week. A spokeswoman for Current said that Mr. Bohrman was traveling and was unavailable for comment.
“Traveling and unavailable for comment.” Heh. The CEO of Current TV doesn’t have a cell phone? Can’t get on email or twitter for a sec? Can’t IM?
More fun at the link. It seems the Current suits never really broke the news to Olby.