Cenk Uygur Takes "Young Turks" to Current TV, Calls New Show "A Gathering Place for Progressives"
Those of us who were sad to see Cenk go from MSNBC have some prime-time respite: "Young Turks" will start anew at Al Gore's Current TV, arguably the most vibrant independent television station on the airwaves. Airing at 7 PM EST, Uygur will be "the only progressive on TV with that time slot," he said Tuesday in a conference call. Keith Olbermann's show airs at 9 PM EST, after which "Turks" will be reprised, Monday through Friday.
"Young Turks" began as a political show on the internet, which Uygur estimates now receives a little over one million views every day. MSNBC picked up Uygur following Olbermann's departure, but soon friction developed between the network and the progressive politico. In July, Uygur explained that he "left so I could tell the truth," citing MSNBC's adherence to establishment politics as roadblocks.
Current's incarnation of "Young Turks" will continue filming in Los Angeles, so it will retain its regular guests and producers. But Uygur implied the hourlong TV show—which will still broadcast for an additional two hours on the internet—will bring something new to its format. Said Current CEO and co-founder Al Gore, "Our goal is to come up with something different, to try to capture the excitement, dynamic, and magic 'Young Turks' brought to internet. Cenk is one of a kind." Or, as Uygur put it, "Young Turks" will continue creating "a gathering place for progressives."
Current's pickup of two beloved progressive programs bodes well—particularly for the 2012 presidential election cycle, during which it will go hard on its claim as the "only independent news analysis network," as co-founder/CEO Joel Hyatt put it. And in the future, they're looking to add new surprising programming, including a show on deck that Gore would not disclose but alluded to. "Stay tuned," said Gore. "We're gonna be creating a lot of jobs for people who are not afraid to speak truth to power."
"Young Turks" will begin airing "in the fourth quarter."