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Conway Cliff Named VP of Program Development at TheBlaze

Former CNN and HLN executive producer Conway Cliff has been named vice president of program development at TheBlaze, Glenn Beck‘s network.

In his new role, Cliff will work with TheBlaze’s president and chief content officer, Joel Cheatwood, on new programming and business development. He was most recently a consultant for Wilkow, a recently launched show on TheBlaze hosted by conservative satellite radio personality Andrew Wilkow.

Before joining TheBlaze, Conway oversaw development of “The Joy Behar Show” and “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” on HLN. He has also worked as an executive producer at CNN and as a producer at CNBC.

After Al Jazeera Acquisition, The Future of Current TV Hosts Up In The Air

With Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV complete, speculation has turned to what it means for Current’s lineup of hosts.

So far, only one on-air personality has announced their plans. Jennifer Granholm, who hosts “The War Room.” will continue on for a little while more before leaving the network in the Spring.

“We’ll continue to broadcast The War Room for the next few weeks through the transition, but after that I’ll be going back to teaching, speaking and other things,” Granholm wrote on Facebook.

In a video on The Young Turks YouTube channel, Cenk Uygur says that he hopes to continue hosting the TV program of the same name on the new Al Jazeera network, but that it isn’t clear whether the new owners will want to keep the show.

“It is an interesting question, and one which I do not have the answers to,” Uygur said. Regardless of what happens, he says The Young Turks will always be on their original YouTube channel.

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Current TV Already Removed from Time Warner Cable

At least one large cable system has removed Current TV from the lineup following Al Jazeera’s $500 million acquisition of the network. Late today NYT’s Brian Stelter spoke with reps from Time Warner Cable in New York City who said a clause in their contract allows them to remove the channel, adding, “We are removing the service as quickly as possible.” The plug was pulled following Eliot Spitzer‘s 8pm show. It was Spitzer who told our Diane Clehane a few weeks ago, “Nobody’s watching, but I’m having a great time.”

Stelter reports former VP Al Gore, a 20% owner of Current, stands to make $100 million on the deal. He and majority owner Joel Hyatt will sit on an advisory board as Al Jazeera launches a new channel for an American audience which is expected to include about 60% of coverage from Al Jazeera English, which is also in limited distribution in the U.S. Time Warner Cable, which accounted for 14 million Current subscribers, is not planning to carry the new channel.

Darrell Hammond Impersonates Al Sharpton on Current TV’s Sandy Relief Benefit

Joy Behar‘s comedy fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy aired Current TV Friday night. The event was taped Monday at the 92nd Street Y and included appearances from Larry David, Colin Quinn and Wendy Williams.

Behar asked former SNL cast member Darrell Hammond who the most interesting voice in politics is. Hammond said he was a big fan of Al Sharpton, launching into an impersonation of the “colorful” MSNBC host:

The Afternoon Ticker: Leveson, Behar, Damon

  • Current TV’s Joy Behar will host a benefit event for the victims of Hurricane Sandy Friday, December 14. Current TV founder Al Gore and comedian Andy Borowitz are among those that will appear. The benefit will air on Current.
  • CNN’s Arwa Damon is returning to Syria to report on the ongoing battle between rebel fighters and government forces there. It will Damon’s second trip to Syria this year. Her latest report is here.

Roger Ailes: ‘My life would be so much easier if I were just more liberal.’

When Roger Ailes was a kid he used to watch Roy Rogers movies. He used to love the part where “the cattle would all start heading toward the cliff in a stampede. And one poor son-of-a-bitch had to go out there and ride on a horse and ride into the middle of it and try to turn the whole herd.”

That’s how the 72-year-old co-founder of Fox News sees himself today.

“If someone’s got to go in there and turn the herd at least I’m willing to wade in and try it,” Ailes told TVNewser during a lengthy interview in his office last week.

“Listen, my life would be so much easier if I were just more liberal. You know how much money I’d make. I’d be on the cover of every magazine. I’d be the biggest goddam celebrity in the world. God almighty I’d have Joy Behar kissing me. That’s my greatest fear. Joy would kiss me. I would be a giant, if I would just sell out what I believe in. They’d be so thrilled if I would just sell out my beliefs.”

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Meredith Vieira To ‘View’ Co-Host Joy Behar: I can see why Romney might avoid you guys

Former “View” moderator Meredith Vieira joined her former colleague Joy Behar on her Current TV program last night, and Mitt Romney‘s thoughts on going on “The View” came up.

“Wouldn’t you be [afraid] if you were on? it is somewhat liberal, the show,” Vieira said. “You try to be fair mainded, but you are tough. I can see why he might avoid you guys.”

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Speaking of “The View,” someone who isn’t afraid to appear on it is President Obama, who will be appearing with the First lady there September 25.

Al Gore to Darrell Hammond: It Wasn’t Your Fault I Lost the 2000 Election

On her debut show, “Say Anything,” on CurrentTV last night, Joy Behar had on SNL alum Darrell Hammond to talk comedy, politics, and more. Just as Hammond was talking about his impersonation of Al Gore (“Lockbox”), and how it may have resulted in him losing the 2000 election, the former VP and co-founder of CurrentTV came out on set.

“Oh it wasn’t your fault,” Gore said. “Not only that, but I credit you with winning me the popular vote.”

Watch after the jump…

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A Former Vice President Will Host A Cable News Channel’s Convention Coverage

Current TV just announced that one of its co-founders, former Vice President Al Gore, will lead Current TV’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Gore will be joined by former Michigan Governor and “The War Room” host, Jennifer Granholm, former New York Governor and “Viewpoint” host, Eliot Spitzer and “The Young Turks” host, Cenk Uygur. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will join the panel for the RNC coverage.

Also, David Shuster and Michael Shure will report from both conventions and new Current TV hosts Joy Behar and John Fugelsang will contribute.

“I’m pleased to be participating in Current TV’s impressive line-up throughout the Republican and Democratic National Conventions,” said Gore. “Cenk, Jennifer and Eliot provide the keen insight and spot-on analysis our viewers have come to expect. I have no doubt that our coverage will be innovative and informative, and I look forward to working with them.”

Keith Olbermann‘s available, why didn’t they just…. oh right.

The Ticker: Fugelsang Show, ‘NY Med,’ Olympic Diss

  • Current TV is adding another new primetime show hosted by a comedian. Following the announcement of Joy Behar‘s new program, Current says it will add a show hosted by John Fugelsang in primetime. Fugelsang says his new show “will be an attack ad on apathy; taking the flag back from phony patriots, taking the Bible back from the hypocrites, and taking Bath Salts away from Glenn Beck.”
  • Despite being up against NBC’s coverage of the women’s team gymnastics final, which saw the U.S. take home gold last night, ABC’s “NY Med” managed to deliver strong ratings. The program drew 2.8 million viewers, improving on its lead-in by 17%, and actually gaining viewers as the hour went on.
  • Speaking of ABC, Bill Weir is in London covering the games for the network, and on last night’s “World News” he joked with Diane Sawyer about the “network that shall not be named” and its restrictive TV rights use. Of course, had ESPN/ABC won the games, it may have been a different story. Watch:

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