Current TV, which has made a habit out of hiring former elected officials to host its programming, is adding a current one to its lineup. The channel says that it has tapped California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to host a weekly program, starting in May.
Newsom drew national attention as the Mayor of San Francisco, a position he leveraged into the Lt. Governorship. During his years as mayor, from 2001-2006 Newsom was married to former prosecutor Kimberly Guilfoyle, now host of Fox News’ “The Five.”
His new program will be called “The Gavin Newsom Show,” and will feature interviews with “notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond.” Mia Haugen, a former CNN producer, will serve as EP.
Newsom will not be leaving public office, and will be paid a salary by Current, although it will be donated to charity, according to Brian Stelter.
“Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity to create positive social change,” commented Current TV Chairman and former Vice President Al Gore in a statement. “First as a successful entrepreneur, then in his role as Mayor of San Francisco, and now as Lieutenant Governor, Newsom touches many worlds – business, politics, entertainment and activism. We are honored that Current TV will be bringing his curiosity, intelligence, insights and enthusiasm to television.”
More information in Current’s announcement, after the jump.