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April 6, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Keith Olbermann isn't mincing words in his $70-million lawsuit against Current TV. Dumped last week by the upstart cable network, Olbermann let loose a verbal barrage against co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt in a 43-page legal complaint for breach of contract filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing them of blackmail and calling them "dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives. " The lawsuit sets the stage for a high-profile legal battle between two leaders of American liberalism: Gore, a former U.S. vice president and Nobel laureate, and Olbermann, a fiery talk-show host.
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January 30, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
  Al Gore has taken a lot of heat since finalizing a deal to sell his struggling cable network Current TV to Al Jazeera, the Qatari news service. Predictably, the backlash started on the right, with numerous outcries from the pundits at Fox News, but Tuesday on “Today,” Matt Lauer pressed the climate-change activist on whether it was hypocritical for him to sell Current to a network financed by fossil-fuel money. And last night it was noted interrogator David Letterman holding Gore's feet to the flame.
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September 26, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Who's more qualified to analyze a presidential debate than someone who's actually participated in one?   This appears to be the thinking at Current TV. On Wednesday the fledgling cable news network announced that former vice president and Current TV founder Al Gore would  lead coverage and analysis of the upcoming presidential debates, the first of which is scheduled for Oct. 3. Gore will be joined by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who...
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January 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out if it's too late for law school. The Skinny: I worked last Sunday and I'll be working this Sunday. Doesn't the industry know it's football time? Some things should be sacred! Thursday's headlines include Al Jazeera's acquisition of Current TV and a look at why Dish Network may not be the funnest place in the world to work. Daily Dose: Several top women golfers on the LPGA tour are from South Korea, and pay-TV distributors are making it easier for Koreans in Southern California to get the Golf Channel.
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January 2, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Current TV, the struggling news/talk channel co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, is in advanced talks to sell itself to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news company, a person close to the stituation confirmed. An announcement regarding a sale could come as early as Wednesday afternoon. The talks were first reported by the New York Times. Majority owned by Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt, Current has been on the block for several months. The cable channel, which originaly focused on short-form documentary programs, has in recent years tried to rebrand itself as a news outlet for liberal viewers.
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August 9, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The makeover of Current TV from a cable channel made up of user-generated content to a political news and analysis network took a big step forward with the hiring of a prominent CNN executive to oversee its programming efforts. David Bohrman, who has held several senior positions at CNN, most recently as a senior vice president and chief innovation officer, is joining Current as its president. Bohrman, a Washington insider who used to run CNN's bureau there, has also had stints at ABC and NBC. The tapping of Bohrman is the latest move by Current, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
  Al Gore has taken a lot of heat since finalizing a deal to sell his struggling cable network Current TV to Al Jazeera, the Qatari news service. Predictably, the backlash started on the right, with numerous outcries from the pundits at Fox News, but Tuesday on “Today,” Matt Lauer pressed the climate-change activist on whether it was hypocritical for him to sell Current to a network financed by fossil-fuel money. And last night it was noted interrogator David Letterman holding Gore's feet to the flame.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out if it's too late for law school. The Skinny: I worked last Sunday and I'll be working this Sunday. Doesn't the industry know it's football time? Some things should be sacred! Thursday's headlines include Al Jazeera's acquisition of Current TV and a look at why Dish Network may not be the funnest place in the world to work. Daily Dose: Several top women golfers on the LPGA tour are from South Korea, and pay-TV distributors are making it easier for Koreans in Southern California to get the Golf Channel.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Al Jazeera hopes it can succeed where Al Gore failed with Current TV. Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt tried to turn Current TV into a legitimate news/talk channel and compete with MSNBC for liberal-minded viewers. Current spent heavily to woo commentator Keith Olbermann, hoping he'd be the linchpin of the channel. Instead, Olbermann clashed with management and was bounced out last March, barely a year into a five-year deal. With him went any momentum Current had to increase its tiny audience and add advertisers.
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August 21, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sept. 2 hearing on controversial area code overlays in the 818 and 310 calling areas has been postponed two weeks to allow Public Utilities Commission members more time to study the issue, officials said Friday. The delay was called for by PUC Commissioner Joel Hyatt, who wants to further consider the effects of overlays on residents and business owners, and to mull alternative area code relief plans, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Al Jazeera hopes it can succeed where Al Gore failed with Current TV. Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt tried to turn Current TV into a legitimate news/talk channel and compete with MSNBC for liberal-minded viewers. Current spent heavily to woo commentator Keith Olbermann, hoping he'd be the linchpin of the channel. Instead, Olbermann clashed with management and was bounced out last March, barely a year into a five-year deal. With him went any momentum Current had to increase its tiny audience and add advertisers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Current TV, the struggling news/talk channel co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, is in advanced talks to sell itself to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news company, a person close to the stituation confirmed. An announcement regarding a sale could come as early as Wednesday afternoon. The talks were first reported by the New York Times. Majority owned by Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt, Current has been on the block for several months. The cable channel, which originaly focused on short-form documentary programs, has in recent years tried to rebrand itself as a news outlet for liberal viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Who's more qualified to analyze a presidential debate than someone who's actually participated in one?   This appears to be the thinking at Current TV. On Wednesday the fledgling cable news network announced that former vice president and Current TV founder Al Gore would  lead coverage and analysis of the upcoming presidential debates, the first of which is scheduled for Oct. 3. Gore will be joined by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Keith Olbermann isn't mincing words in his $70-million lawsuit against Current TV. Dumped last week by the upstart cable network, Olbermann let loose a verbal barrage against co-founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt in a 43-page legal complaint for breach of contract filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing them of blackmail and calling them "dilettantes portraying entertainment industry executives. " The lawsuit sets the stage for a high-profile legal battle between two leaders of American liberalism: Gore, a former U.S. vice president and Nobel laureate, and Olbermann, a fiery talk-show host.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Following a turbulent year, Al Gore's Current TV finally parted ways Friday with fiery host Keith Olbermann. "Countdown," Olbermann's show, was canceled Friday and was to be replaced by another featuring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. In a statement, Gore, the former vice president and Nobel laureate, and his business partner Joel Hyatt took an extraordinary swipe at their outspoken host, to whom they had reportedly given a $10-million paycheck as well as an ownership stake in hopes he would raise the tiny network's profile.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The makeover of Current TV from a cable channel made up of user-generated content to a political news and analysis network took a big step forward with the hiring of a prominent CNN executive to oversee its programming efforts. David Bohrman, who has held several senior positions at CNN, most recently as a senior vice president and chief innovation officer, is joining Current as its president. Bohrman, a Washington insider who used to run CNN's bureau there, has also had stints at ABC and NBC. The tapping of Bohrman is the latest move by Current, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Following a turbulent year, Al Gore's Current TV finally parted ways Friday with fiery host Keith Olbermann. "Countdown," Olbermann's show, was canceled Friday and was to be replaced by another featuring former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. In a statement, Gore, the former vice president and Nobel laureate, and his business partner Joel Hyatt took an extraordinary swipe at their outspoken host, to whom they had reportedly given a $10-million paycheck as well as an ownership stake in hopes he would raise the tiny network's profile.
NEWS
October 28, 2004 | Lynn Smith
Al Gore and Joel Hyatt announced on Wednesday the two top managers for their new cable network, IndTV, aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds. David Neuman, formerly chief programming officer at CNN, will serve as president of programming, and Anne Zehren, founding publisher of Teen People magazine, will be president of sales and marketing. Both moves took effect immediately in the network's San Francisco headquarters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1999 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sept. 2 hearing on controversial area code overlays in the 818 and 310 calling areas has been postponed two weeks to allow Public Utilities Commission members more time to study the issue, officials said Friday. The delay was called for by PUC Commissioner Joel Hyatt, who wants to further consider the effects of overlays on residents and business owners, and to mull alternative area code relief plans, officials said.
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