Current TV taps former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Moving ahead with its push to challenge MSNBC as the channel of choice for the left side of the political spectrum, Current TV has signed former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to host a nightly prime-time show.
"The War Room With Jennifer Granholm" will premiere in January in the 9 p.m. hour immediately following Keith Olbermann's "Countdown."
Current TV co-founder and former Vice President Al Gore said on a conference call announcing the hire that Granholm's show goes "right at the core of Current TV's strategy to be a trusted resource for intelligent and compelling commentary."
David Bohrman, the former CNN executive who was named president of Current TV in August, promised that Granholm's show "is not going to be 'Crossfire' with people sniping at each other every 30 seconds."
"I don't think there is a former governor who has lived this jobs issues like I have," Granholm said, referring to what would be the main focus of her show. In the news release that Current issued on Granholm's hiring, she said of her show that "Democrats will love it" and "the far right will hate it."
Granholm, who has been a frequent contributor to NBC's "Meet the Press," will host the show out of Current TV's San Francisco headquarters. She recently took a post at UC Berkeley.
— Joe Flint
Photo: Jennifer Granholm. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.