Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host of “Countdown” on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people familiar with his plans pointed Monday to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.
Neither Mr. Olbermann, his representatives, or executives from Current TV would comment on the move, but they did not deny that the channel, which counts former Vice President Al Gore as one of its founders, will become at least one partner in Mr. Olbermann’s future media plans.
Not a terrible idea. He’ll certainly bring a considerable audience to the network. The problem is, there’s a glass ceiling insofar as Current isn’t on in a lot of households. Oddly enough, that was the problem with MSNBC. In other words, the wingnut talkers will be able to crow about Olbermann failing in the ratings there — even though he’s not really failing in that the limited visibility of the network will hold him back.