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Current’s Joel Hyatt on Why He Stepped Back Into CEO Role

Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt spoke to Ad Week about why he replaced Mark Rosenthal as the channel’s CEO. Hyatt hired Rosenthal to add more entertainment programming, but with the hiring of Keith Olbermann, the channel decided to move toward news, commentary and information.

“Mark had a hugely successful career [as president and COO] at MTV,” Hyatt told Adweek. “But, you know, MTV is an entertainment network, and we now made the clear strategic decision to become a news network. And we’re a small company. There’s not a lot of room at the top for a lot of leaders. It was very amicable. It was going to be very crowded at the top. ”

With the hiring of former CNN DC bureau chief David Bohrman earlier this week, Hyatt and Current are trying to prove they belong in this game.

Current TV’s David Bohrman on Keith Olbermann, Cable News ‘Noise’ and The Future of the Channel

Before offering David Bohrman the job as president of Current TV, Current CEO Joel Hyatt and Current co-founder Al Gore put out an APB for a TV news executive.

“[We] concluded that we needed a senior member with expertise in TV news, production and programming,” Hyatt recalled to TVNewser. “Al and I are resourceful guys, and we set out to find out who is the best in the business, to see if we could attract that person to Current, and all roads led to David Bohrman.”

“Countdown” host and Current chief news officer Keith Olbermann was a key part of that decision.

“Needless to say one of the first people I consulted for input on the decision that led to offering this newly created position to David was Keith,” Hyatt says. “Keith highly recommended him.”

While Bohrman and Olbermann didn’t have a formal conversation before the former CNN executive took the new job, Bohrman says he and Olbermann chatted via email  to talk ideas.

“Keith’s advice is always intriguing, right? Everything is either good or bad at any given moment,” Bohrman told TVNewser. “He has an extroverted personality, but there is a huge amount of insight there. I am going to listen to everything he says, and see what happens.”

For Bohrman, Hyatt and Olbermann, priority number one is to  build out Current’s primetime programming, starting with new 7 PM and 9 PM shows to bookend “Countdown.”

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Current TV Taps David Bohrman as President

Former CNN Washington bureau chief David Bohrman has been named president of Current TV, the cable TV channel founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. Current has switched its focus in recent months from non-fiction and user-generated content towards news, commentary and information, led by “Countdown” host and head of news Keith Olbermann. Bohrman’s last day at CNN was Friday, and as we reported, he recently moved out to Northern California, where Current is based.

Bohrman will be based out of both New York and San Francisco, and will “work closely with Current’s Chief News Officer Keith Olbermann, who is host of Current’s centerpiece program, ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann,’ as the network expands its primetime line-up and election coverage.”

The hiring of Bohrman reaffirms that Current TV is taking its transformation to a news, information and commentary channel seriously. The hiring of Olbermann gave the network a primetime show recognizable to the audience it was trying to reach, and now the hiring of Bohrman gives it a TV news veteran who has experience covering politics, and using technology to try and simplify information to viewers.

The full announcement is after the jump.

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David Bohrman Leaving CNN

After 14 years with CNN, former Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman, named “chief innovation officer” of CNN Worldwide in March, is leaving the company, TVNewser has learned.

In a farewell email to staff, Bohrman writes, “I have been offered a fantastic new opportunity, and [CNN Worldwide President] Jim [Walton] has graciously agreed to let me give it a go.”

Before CNN, Bohrman spent four years at NBC News as Executive Producer for Special Events. Before that he spent more than 13 years at ABC News where, among other roles, he created ABC’s overnight show “World News Now.”

Bohrman left DC earlier this year, moving to Northern California where he telecommuted for his chief innovation officer job. While Bohrman was vague on where he’s headed, insiders suspect it’s a Silicon Valley tech firm.

“David’s leadership helped our teams set a standard for election and event coverage,” says Walton in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions to CNN and wish him continued success.”

Bohrman’s memo after the jump…

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Sam Feist Named CNN Washington Bureau Chief

CNN’s EVP Ken Jautz has named Sam Feist as the new bureau chief in Washington, DC, effective immediately.

In a note to the staff, obtained by TVNewser, Jautz writes, “Sam has a unique combination of skills that will allow him to not only lead the bureau, but to strengthen it and build on the successes of the last election.”

Feist joined CNN in 1990 as a freelance producer in the London bureau, he joined full-time a year later at CNN’s Atlanta HQ. In 1992, he moved to the Washington bureau where he has been an assignment editor, producer, senior producer, and, for the last 5 years, political director.

“Sam is deeply committed to maintaining the highest standards of journalism and ensuring the credibility of the CNN brand,” writes Jautz. “Moreover, he bring tireless enthusiasm and unrivaled passion for politics to this position.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new role and build on the great journalism and the tremendous expertise of the CNN Washington bureau,” said Feist in a news release, which is after the jump.

Feist replaces David Bohrman who began his new job as CNN’s chief innovation officer earlier this month.

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Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media

Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours — not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — often the target of MSNBC’s opinionated hosts — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (right, meeting NBC News correspondent Luke Russert for the first time). Palin, as we reported yesterday, was the guest of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

As MSNBC host/mixologist Rachel Maddow made a drink for “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, worked the room. It’s his after party afterall. And not missing an opportunity to synergize, Cee lo Green, of NBC’s “The Voice” was the entertainment.

In addition to Van Susteren, we spotted Bret Baier from Fox News chatting with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell — who’d both just returned from London covering the Royal Wedding and sharing ratings info on his Blackberry. Looks like “Today” was #1 again on Royal Wedding day. (Final numbers later on TVNewser).

Eliot Spitzer in tow with CNN’s chief communicator Christa Robinson; Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Sam Feist also of CNN and ABC’s Jim Sciutto.

We chatted up CNBC’s Rick Santelli, in from Chicago, Carl Quintanilla and Hampton Pearson. NBC’s Janet Shamlian, and Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Contessa Brewer, now almost four months along. Ed Schultz was proud to tell us he’s overtaken Anderson Cooper in the ratings at 10pm, in just his third month on the air. “Big news,” says big Ed.

Meanwhile, over at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, tipsters tell us Jake Tapper, Dave Price, John Dickerson, Chris Isham, Gayle King, and Seth Meyers [who'd poked fun at the thought that the Bloomberg party was a hot ticket], were still in full party mode at 2:15am. “The patio is still packed,” we were emailed. “They started serving breakfast snacks.”

CNN’s Kate Bolduan to Capitol Hill

FishbowlDC called it last month and now it’s official. Kate Bolduan has been named Congressional correspondent for CNN.

“[Kate] has excelled at everything from filling in at the White House, to covering the Supreme Court and even anchoring,” said David Bohrman, senior vice president of programming and Washington bureau chief, himself about to take on a new role at CNN.

Bolduan has been a general assignment reporter in the DC bureau. She came over from affiliate service CNN Newsource.

Bolduan joined CNN in 2007 from WTVD-TV in Raleigh. She began her TV news career as a production assistant for NBC News and MSNBC in Washington D.C.

Bolduan joins Dana Bash on the Capitol Hill beat and will be a part of CNN’s 2012 election team.

David Bohrman Named ‘Chief Innovation Officer’ at CNN, Search Underway For New DC Bureau Chief

CNN Washington bureau chief David Bohrman has been named senior VP and “Chief Innovation Officer,” reporting directly to CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton.

“We are giving his passion for what is new and next in emerging technology a bigger canvas,” said Walton in an email to staff. “He will continue to contribute to the creation of formats and editorial approaches, but now across CNN’s multiple platforms.”

Bohrman will assume the new role May 1, but in the meantime the search is underway for a new DC bureau chief. CNN/U.S. chief Ken Jautz and new-CNNer Mark Whitaker will lead the search for Bohrman’s replacement.

One name that is surely in consideration: CNN political director Sam Feist.

Walton’s full memo is after the jump.

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Brianna Keilar Named White House Correspondent for CNN

CNN has named Brianna Keilar White House correspondent. Keilar, who is currently a Congressional correspondent for the network, will start her new assignment later this month.

“Brianna is an outstanding addition to the White House team,” said CNN Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in a statement.  “She has distinguished herself with exceptional coverage of the 111th Congress and her new beat will better position the network for the 2012 election season.”

More information, after the jump.

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CNN Combining Domestic, International Desks and Bureaus Under Tony Maddox

In a memo to staff this afternoon, CNN/U.S. chief Ken Jautz and CNN International chief Tony Maddox announced a new reporting structure for the domestic and international desks and bureaus as of January 1, 2011.

A spokesperson for CNN says the changes will not result in any layoffs.

We have elected to implement a key recommendation of the One CNN project and combine our international and domestic newsgathering desks and our worldwide bureaus into one group. Tony Maddox will oversee the combined group, which will service CNN, CNNI, and all other editorial units and platforms.

Under the new structure, Maddox will oversee all international bureaus, as well as 13 domestic bureaus. CNN’s Washington DC bureau will remain under the leadership of David Bohrman, who will continue to report to Jautz.

The full memo is after the jump.

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