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6 items from 2005


Gore: Current TV aims for masses

9 October 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Two months after launching the first cable channel that has devoted significant time to citizen-created journalism, Current TV chairman Al Gore said he is on a mission to democratize the media. At a news conference Friday in Manhattan, Gore and other key members of the San Francisco-based channel said they are trying to reach hip, disaffected young adults that are not served by the present information sources on TV. The independently owned channel has ambitious plans, too: It hopes to go from 20 million homes to 50 million in five years. Gore said television has been a one-way medium. But for the first time in history, inexpensive video technology and broadband Internet is changing the equation. Current TV is riding that trend, with as much as 30% of its content coming from video camera-equipped viewers who tackle shortform topics as varied as citizens coming to the rescue in New Orleans, the poor in Nairobi, Kenya, and Ecstasy parties among Iranian youth. »

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Current pacts with DirecTV for carriage

27 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New cable channel Current announced Tuesday it had reached a new carriage deal with DirecTV. Details of the multiyear agreement were not disclosed, but the deal will keep the channel on DirecTV's "Total Choice" programming package. Current, which is headed by former Vice President Al Gore, launches Aug. 1. »

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Current targets 18-34 crowd

19 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A new cable channel headed by former Vice President Al Gore hopes to draw in adults 18-34 who aren't finding the content they want on traditional TV. Current will launch Aug. 1 in 20 million cable and satellite households nationwide in place of Newsworld International. The network hopes to strike a chord among twentysomethings who are looking for news, information and features produced by young adults for young adults. About 25% of the content will be produced by viewers, much of it submitted over the Internet using new, cheaper video and editing technology; all of it will be in short three- to seven-minute "pods" of content on topics including youth culture in Iran, parenting and spirituality. "We want to be the television home page for the Internet generation," said Gore, who along with other members of the San Francisco-based channel made a presentation Monday afternoon at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton. Gore is Current TV's chairman of the board. »

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Ailes, Gore square off amid laughs

21 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox News chief Roger Ailes on Tuesday defended the top-rated cable news channel from an antiwar heckler while deflecting some good-natured ribbing from former Vice President Al Gore about a perceived rightward tilt at Fox. Ailes, during a discussion about the media's role in democracy at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, also endorsed the integrity of many bloggers, a sentiment shared by U.S. News and World Report publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, also onstage. CNN's Jeff Greenfield set the spirited exchange in motion by mentioning a Pew study that found that 52% of Fox News viewers are Republican and only 13% are Democrats. »

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Ailes, Gore discuss future of TV news

20 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fox News chief Roger Ailes defended the top-rated cable news channel from a heckler while also deflecting some good-natured ribbing from former Vice President Al Gore on Tuesday night about a perceived rightward tilt at Fox. Ailes, during a discussion about the media's role in democracy at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, also endorsed the integrity of many Internet bloggers, a sentiment shared by U.S. News and World Report publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, also on stage. CNN's Jeff Greenfield set the spirited exchange in motion by mentioning a Pew study claiming that 52% of Fox News viewers are Republican while only 13% are Democrats. "I don't know the relevance of a Pew study," Ailes said. "I do know that 100% of the people who work there are liberals." Gore lamented, in hushed tones followed by thundering oratory, that the political dialogue is not in Congress as it has historically been, but instead in "30-second television commercials that are not the Federalist Papers." Gore's animated demeanor prompted Greenfield to wonder aloud how he earned a reputation for being a stiff and dispassionate public speaker. Quipped Gore, in a voice that mocked TV anchormen: "Al Gore distinguished himself tonight from the wooden podium behind him." »

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A Current affair for Gore

5 April 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Vice President Al Gore unveiled plans for the new cable channel he is backing Monday in San Francisco, which is where its headquarters are based. The channel, called Current, will target the 18-34 demographic with shortform, topical programming -- at least half of which will be created by the viewers themselves. Current is expected to launch Aug. 1 with a subscriber base of 19 million. "We're starting something new, and we're trying to bring about a change in the way the television medium is used," Gore said during a news conference at Current's headquarters, blocks away from the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. annual convention. "We know how difficult it is, but we are excited about trying." Gore and entrepreneur Joel Hyatt, who is CEO of Current, announced the launch of the venture at last year's NCTA convention in New Orleans. Little had been divulged about the network since. »

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