Al Gore is riding to the rescue of his TV network -- just in time for the big political conventions.
Earlier this year, Current, the upstart outlet the Nobel laureate and former vice president co-founded, got a black eye when it fired commentator Keith Olbermann, partly over disagreements about how the network was covering the primaries. Olbermann lashed back against his former bosses with a lawsuit that's still pending.
This week, Current revealed that none other than Gore himself will host the network's coverage of the Republican National Convention later this month, when Mitt Romney is expected to be crowned the official GOP nominee. Early next month, Gore will do the honors again for the Democratic gathering, where President Obama will be renominated.
The coverage will air nightly starting at 4 p.m. Pacific time during the conventions.
"I'm pleased to be participating in Current TV's impressive lineup throughout the Republican and Democratic National Conventions," Gore wrote in a statement.