Thursday, April 5, 2012

Current TV could get kicked off Time Warner over ratings

Reuters reports: Al Gore's Current TV could get kicked off of one of the country's biggest cable operators.

Current has been in the news recently for its firing of Keith Olbermann. But sources told Reuters' Peter Lauria that the network could be facing serious consequences with Time Warner Cable -- which operates in 29 states and serves millions of people, including many in the all-important New York media market -- if its ratings dip.

If the numbers fall below an unspecified threshold for two consecutive quarters, Time Warner is allowed to drop the network. More troubling for Gore, a source told Lauria that Olbermann's ratings were the key factor in keeping Current above that line.

Current has struggled to gain traction since it revamped its programming strategy and set off on a news and information path. Besides the failed Olbermann show, it has added programs with Cenk Uygur, Jennifer Granholm and radio hosts Bill Press and Stephanie Miller. It has also put former New York governor and CNN host Eliot Spitzer in the prime 8 PM slot formerly occupied by Olbermann.

--> In related news: Olbermann stopped by Letterman to discuss his firing.

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