After bringing his “Countdown” to Current TV from MSNBC last June, host Keith Olbermann couldn’t make it work with the network Al Gore built. On Friday, Current released a statement making it clear that the parting of the ways between the two sides wasn’t exactly friendly — and that it already has a high-profile replacement: former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. –KA

Current TV via Politico:

Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.

We are moving ahead by honoring Current’s values. Current has a fundamental obligation to deliver news programming with a progressive perspective that our viewers can count on being available daily — especially now, during the presidential election campaign. Current exists because our audience desires the kind of perspective, insight and commentary that is not easily found elsewhere in this time of big media consolidation.

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