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Mark Rosenthal stepping down at Current TV

The U.S. cable network, which recently brought former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann on board, will now be headed by co-founder Joel Hyatt, who held the CEO title prior to the former MTV Networks COO's appointment.
July 29, 2011

Mark Rosenthal, CEO of U.S. cable net Current TV since 2009, is departing from the company.

Joel Hyatt, who co-founded Current with former U.S. vice president Al Gore in 2005, is returning to the CEO position, which he held prior to the arrival of Rosenthal, a former president and COO of MTV Networks and CEO of Interpublic Media.

Rosenthal had been a member of Current’s board since its inception. At the time of his hiring, Gore, chairman for the net, had said that Rosenthal’s “experience building some of the world’s most successful cable television networks, advertising and new media companies is the perfect addition to our team as we open new opportunities for Current’s domestic and international expansion.”

Current TV recently made headlines when it announced that it brought former MSNBC commentator and host Keith Olbermann on board as both a host and as chief news officer for the net. Olbermann also holds an equity stake in Current.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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