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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to host new talk show on Current TV

April 18, 2012 | 11:22 am

NewsomIt looks like Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has found time to do a little moonlighting.

Newsom will have his own show on Current TV, the left-leaning cable network founded by former Vice President Al Gore. "The Gavin Newsom Show" will begin airing next month.

The hourlong talk program "will have a decidedly California touch as the state's lieutenant governor and former San Francisco mayor interviews notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond,” according to Current’s website.

A Current spokesman told the New York Times that Newsom would be paid a salary, but refused to say how much it would be. Newsom’s state salary is $130,490. Jason Kinney, a spokesman for the lieutenant governor, said Newsom would donate the money he receives from Current to charity.

"Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity to create positive social change," Gore said in a statement. "Newsom touches many worlds -- business, politics, entertainment and activism. We are honored that Current TV will be bringing his curiosity, intelligence, insights and enthusiasm to television."


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-- Anthony York in Sacramento

Photo: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images