“The Young Turks,” which has run on Current since late 2011, has its final telecast Thursday as the Qatar-based Al Jazeera, which bought the struggling Current in January, prepares to launch a more straight-ahead news channel to capture a broader American audience.
Uygur brought “The Young Turks” to Current TV after a brief stint at MSNBC. The show’s ratings for Current were strong compared with other programs on the channel, but that’s not saying much, Uygur said.
Current TV, founded by Al Gore, has struggled to generate ratings that could compete with other cable news outlets. Other setbacks included a very public falling out with onetime host Keith Olbermann and being dropped by Time Warner Cable after it was sold.
Current made sense as a home for Uygur, who takes a liberal view on many issues but reserves some of his fiercest criticism for the Obama administration. He recently took the president to task for his handling of the controversy surrounding Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about government surveillance programs to the press.
"The audience has already moved to online," he said. "We got 55 million views on the network last month and 37 million on the main show. That pretty much beats everyone on cable news with the exception of a couple of Fox News shows."
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