U.S. network Current TV has appointed CNN exec David Bohrman as its new president, effective immediately, reporting to and working with chairman Al Gore and CEO Joel Hyatt.
For the past decade, Bohrman was CNN’s senior VP of programming and Washington DC bureau chief, before becoming CNN’s senior VP and chief innovation officer worldwide in May this year.
“Current’s mission has always been to shine a light on important issues, to spark debate and to speak truth to power,” said Gore. “Earlier this year, we advanced this mission when we brought Keith Olbermann to Current and clearly stated our intent to be a truly independent, conflict-free, progressive voice in the news and political commentary arena.
“David Bohrman passionately shares our vision,” he continued. “He has innovation in his DNA, and he has the unique qualifications and relationships to take Current to a whole new level in programming and production.”
Bohrman’s arrival comes a month after Current TV co-CEO Mark Rosenthal’s departure – a move that came two months after Hyatt was appointed co-CEO alongside Rosenthal.
As Current’s president, Bohrman will be based in New York and San Francisco, and will oversee programming, production, broadcast operations, digital and technology.
He will also work closely with Current’s chief news officer Keith Olbermann, who presently hosts Current’s centerpiece program Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
“Today more than ever, I think audiences demand intelligent discourse instead of shouting,” said Bohrman. “They want a way to be part of the discourse instead of being passive outsiders.
“I have been watching what Al and Joel and Keith have been doing at Current, and I believe that Current has a real opportunity to be a truly vital medium for a new breed of savvy, intelligent viewers.”
Prior to CNN, Bohrman also had stints at NBC News, MSNBC and ABC News.