Al Gore won an Emmy tonight for Current TV, the cable channel he created with partner Joel Hyatt.
An amped up Gore told the audience in the Shrine Auditorium, “We are trying to open up the television medium so viewers can help to make television … and reclaim democracy.” He then told them to look to Current.com next month.
Gore and Hyatt received a standing ovation as the walked to the stage.
The award, in the category for interactive television, is not a major surprise. But Gore, in his book, “The Assault on Reason,” sees the Internet and interactive TV as a solution to the state of political discourse in the country. His Current TV, which is made up in part of viewer-generated content, is planning a new marketing push next month as well as special coverage of the 2008 election.
Backstage, Gore was apparently ready to be asked the “will you run?” question. But when the first question was, “Any advice for Britney?”, he didn’t miss a beat, reports Cynthia Littleton.
“I kinda figured the first question would be about Britney Spears,” Gore said.
Here’s my story from Friday with Gore and Hyatt on their plans for the channel.
Gore told the Associated Press on Monday that even though he won an Emmy and shared in an Oscar (for “An Inconvenient Truth), don’t expect him to aim for a Grammy.
Says Gore, “I’m working on my dance steps and singing performance, but don’t hold your breath.”