Cenk Uygur joins Current TV

'Young Turks' to be lead-in to Olbermann

Outspoken former MSNBC commentator Cenk Uygur has landed a new gig right next to another outspoken former MSNBC commentator. The pundit’s “The Young Turks” will run on Current TV at 7 p.m. as a lead-in to “Countdown With Keith Olbermann.”

Uygur anchored 6 p.m. show “MSNBC Live” from January of this year until June, when he was pulled from the slot. Uygur left MSNBC, telling Pacifica Radio’s left-wing news show “Democracy Now” that he had been chastised for his tone by network brass.

A spokesman for MSNBC, however, said the cabler was simply looking to move Uygur to a different timeslot. Al Sharpton has taken over the net’s 6 p.m. hour.

Current prexy David Bohrman said the net was looking to continue hiring pundits for five-a-week strip programs, and co-founder Al Gore said journos “wouldn’t have long to wait” to learn of the net’s choice for the 9 o’clock hour.

“We will do a 9 p.m. program,” said Bohrman. “By and large it’ll be on every day. Weekends are an interesting question; there are some things we’ll try to make more episodic, but we’ll be adding programs across the week uniformly.”

The move gives Current two outspoken former cable pundits around which to build its schedule. The tiny network is rebranding itself from its original user-generated mandate to a 24-hour news and commentary channel, with Olbermann as its public face.

“I was dying to get some progressives on television for a long, long time,” Uygur told Variety. “When Keith Olbermann started doing his special comments, it took off like a rocket. That’s what we want to do here.”

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  1. Carl says:

    Cenk Uygur is the equivalent to a Holocaust denier:

    In college he wrote a piece denying that the Armenian Genocide happened.

    He named his show “The Young Turks” after the Turkish group responsible for the mass murder of up to 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and other Christians in the Ottoman Empire during WWI.

    Some people suspect, that he named his show after these Turkish mass murders, because he gets hidden funding from Turkey. It’s part of a denialist campaign that tries to popularize another ‘meaning’ for the term ‘Young Turks’ than the historical one.

    Uygur is basically helping his Turkish nationalist friends to re-write history and get the association ‘mass murder’ out of the heads of all the people who hear the term ‘Young Turks’.

    It’s like creating a news show and naming it “The Young Nazis” or “Hitler Youth News” or “NSDAP Network”.

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