Cable news show to originate from SF

If you watch cable news, you know that most of the shows originate from New York, Washington or Atlanta. But former two-term Michigan Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm, who moved to the Bay Area when she became a professor of law and public policy at UC-Berkeley, is launching a cable news show from San Francisco on Monday. The show will air on the Current channel, whose major shareholders include Al Gore. The Detroit News says Current has built a studio for

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CNN exec named president of SF’s Current TV

Bohrman San Francisco-based Current TV, the new home of Keith Olbermann, also has a new president. David Bohrman, previously with CNN, is joining Current TV and will work closely with the channel’s co-founders, Al Gore and Atherton attorney Joel Z. Hyatt. The hiring of Bohrman is the network’s second executive change in the past two weeks, Reuters notes. Hyatt, founder of the Ohio-based Hyatt Legal Services and an unsuccessful Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, took over as Current TV’s CEO in

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Current TV lays off 80, moves production to LA

Current TV laid off 80 workers yesterday and announced it will consolidate its in-house video production in new facilities in Los Angeles. However, production of programs such as “Current Green” and “Current Tech” will remain in San Francisco. Pink slips went out to workers at Current TV’s offices in London, New York, LA and SF. Programming President David Neuman also resigned. The changes occurred three months after the privately held network recruited MTV networks president Mark Rosenthal as CEO. Rosenthal

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After rescue, Current TV considers layoffs

Jackson West of NBC Bay Area reports that SF-based Current TV is looking at layoffs and may relocate its video production to LA or outsource it. Current TV became a household name when two of its reporters were captured by North Korea, later to be freed with the help of Bill Clinton. Current TV, co-founded by Al Gore, has gone from soliciting viewer content to producing much of its own programming.

Current TV posts thank-you from Laura, Euna

For 140 days, Al Gore’s San Francisco-based Current TV was silent as two of the company’s reporters were in North Korean custody. Today, Current TV posted a “thank you” from Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Current TV is scheduled to air a tribute to the two tonight at 5 (PST). AP reports that Ling said on her Web site that she hopes her story will lead to more public awareness of the plight of journalists held captive around the world.

Journalists make an emotional return to U.S.

Bill Clinton arrived in the United States this morning after a dramatic 20-hour visit to North Korea, in which he won the freedom of Current TV reporters Euna Lee and Laura Ling, opened a diplomatic channel to North Korea’s reclusive government and dined with the North’s ailing leader, Kim Jong-il, the NY Times reports. The private plane carrying Clinton and the journalists landed at 5:50 a.m. PDT at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. [More] Above, Laura Ling spoke to the

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Bill Clinton to Korea to negotiate for journalists

Former U.S. President Clinton is heading to North Korea for negotiations to secure the freedom of two detained journalists from San Francisco’s Current TV, a South Korean news report said today, nearly five months after they were seized on the China border. AP said Clinton is on his way to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, where he will try to win the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified high-level source.

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Why Ling, Lee need support from all of us

Sacramento Bee editor Melanie Sill devoted her column today to why people should care about the imprisonment of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the reporters from San Francisco’s Current TV who were captured by North Korea: Beyond the local ties, we should support these women for a simple reason: A free society relies on journalists who are willing to take risks to inform the public. … Getting to the truth has meant taking personal risks and breaking rules for generations

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A new approach to freeing Lee, Ling

Quiet diplomacy hasn’t worked. Al Gore hasn’t produced any results. President Obama isn’t taking about it. So it appears a new strategy is emerging in the effort to free Current TV journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were captured by North Korea nearly three months ago. Now the idea is that the two women should admit their “crimes” and ask for mercy. Lisa Ling (pictured at a rally in Sacramento Thursday) said her sister Laura told her by telephone

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