Cenk Uygur, the television and Web show host who left MSNBC in a messy public separation this summer, is joining MSNBC’s fledgling competitor, Current TV.
Starting sometime in the fourth quarter of the year, Mr. Uygur will host a show called “The Young Turks” at 7 p.m., serving as the lead-in for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” the 8 p.m. liberal newscast that had its premiere on Current three months ago.
The move is the first by Current since it hired David Bohrman, a prominent former CNN executive, as the new head of programming and production last month. Current has been seeking like-minded programs to surround Mr. Olbermann’s in an effort to create a rival to the stable of liberal shows on the cable news channel MSNBC.
MSNBC’s 7 p.m. time slot is currently filled by replays of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” an hour of political talk that is first shown at 5 p.m. MSNBC had no comment about Mr. Uygur’s hiring.
Is it my imagination, or has Rachel Maddow been even more awesomely geeky than usual recently? I suppose being a network's major star, combined with having a place to go if they lose their nerve and decide once again that Alan Keyes Is Making Sense is a great idea to bring in those oh-so-desirable teabagger viewers, gives one a great sense of freedom. And for the viewers, it gives us an even larger assortment of quality news/opinion programming. This is all good news in the age of the DVR.
So....with one web program moving to Current, how about this one being next?