My daily routine involves making a cup of espresso then taking my Border Collie Kira out for her morning business. It is in this pre-dawn quiet when I usually begin to ponder what I might write about here at CFLF. This morning I caught my mind wandering from thoughts of catching up on the podcast of The Rachel Maddow Show to distinctly thinking how funny is it that all the outrage about Keith Olbermann’s departure from MSNBC, which dominated the blogosphere for days, has completely disappeared.
Apparently the world had moved on just in time for the news to break that Keith may be joining the ranks of Current TV. Based on the above linked NY Times article one might think this is a bad move for Keith considering the near anonymity of this channel.
Current TV is available in only about 60 million homes, and is usually available only on the digital tier of cable television systems, which requires a separate receiver. MSNBC, which is owned by NBC Universal, is available in 85 million homes and is almost always available as a basic cable entry.
When I lived Pittsburgh I had Current TV on my pre-programmed list of favorites queued up by Dish Network but now that I am in Vancouver the channel has no presence on my current satellite or former cable provider. That said, it is not Current’s television reach that makes this move appealing. Current TV is a full featured web-based channel. All of their content is available online and I would hope that any show Keith produces would also be available online in it’s entirety. For this reason alone I think this deal is a winner for both Keith and Current as well as for all of us web-geeks who would prefer to get our news content online. I applaud this deal (assuming it is actually going to happen) and look forward to Keith doing for Current TV what he did for MSNBC.