Monday, April 04, 2005

Gore's "Current TV" becoming reality

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former Vice President Al Gore Monday unveiled his new television network, Current, which aims to attract younger viewers with its short videos and a tie-in with the popular Google Inc. search engine.

The network plans to debut Aug. 1 and be available to 19 million subscription television viewers, Gore said at a news conference at the cable industry's annual convention. Gore led an investment group that last May bought the network from Vivendi Universal for an undisclosed sum.

The channel will show professionally produced segments as well as viewer-produced videos mostly short in length, running from a few seconds to up to 15 minutes.

"We are about empowering this generation of young people in their 20s, the 18 to 34 population, to engage in a dialogue of democracy and to tell their stories about what's going in their lives in the dominant media of our time," he said.

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Note: This endeavor was previously known as InDTV. You can check out their website here. And Gore claims that Current will not be a liberal or left-leaning news channel. It is simply a news/culture/information network aimed at a younger demographic. Think CNN mixed with MTV, but without the crappy reality shows and bickering talking heads of those two networks.


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