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Current TV has a new boss

Former MTV topper takes the reins

Current TV has a new boss.

Former MTV Networks chief operating officer Mark Rosenthal has joined Current Media as CEO, while company co-founder Joel Hyatt, who had been serving as CEO, has moved over to become vice chairman of the company.

Hyatt founded Current with former vice president Al Gore four years ago. Since then, Current has grown to more than 60 million TV homes, while its website now attracts more than 7 million visitors monthly.

But more recently, Current has been in the headlines because of channel staffers Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who are being held in North Korea on charges of illegally entering that country. Current has been mostly quiet regarding Ling and Lee as behind-the-scenes efforts to secure their release continue.

As for Rosenthal, the exec has already been a “vital and valued member of the Current board since its inception,” Gore said in a statement.

Hyatt said Rosenthal shared his and Gore’s “passion for reinventing journalism.”

“While Mark focuses on building the business, Al and I will continue to work on new innovations and initiatives that serve to democratize the media and enable more voices to be heard,” Hyatt said.

Rosenthal officially starts on July 27. Besides MTV, Rosenthal was also chairman-CEO at Interpublic Media.

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