Current TV has announced the termination of the job ofas the host of a talk show on the channel, one year after he joined the network. His show, “Countdown” will now be replaced with another show “Viewpoint” and will be hosted by .
Network founders, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt recently issued a letter confirming the termination of a $50 million five year contract with Keith Olbermann saying that the channel could no longer afford compromising its values by relying on corporate controlled media, because delivering an unbiased and undistorted view point to the viewers has always been the network’s top most priority.
Olberman’s held the office chief news officer at Current and was responsible for providing editorial guidance with respect to the political news as well as current event’s analysis. “Current was [also] founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it,” the network founders said in the letter.
The letter further read that, “Current has a fundamental obligation to deliver news programming with a progressive perspective that our viewers can count on being available daily -- especially now, during the presidential election campaign.” Current believes that hiring Eliot Spitzer in place of Olbermann could help the network achieve that goal.
While the network did not say outright the real problem Olbermann was causing, its been reported from several sources that he used to get into unnecessary clashes with other employees and during the past several days, he has been missing the election coverage of the primary season besides some regular broadcasts.
Olbermann has announced his plans for filing a law suit against the network, claiming all the charges to be untrue. Criticizing the decision taken by the network, Olbermann said that since he had joined the network, he had been trying to sort out differences with his bosses and the colleagues. They however, "thought it was more economical to try to get out of my contract, instead of investing in a quality program.”
Its not the first time that Olbermann has been found in conflict with his employers. Before his job at Current TV, he had been working at MSNBC and ESPN, but had to leave both jobs due to similar complaint by his bosses.