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More Layoffs Are Rumored At Al Gore TV

Another story that almost slipped by us.

From NBC’s San Francisco TV affiliate website, Bay Area:

More Layoffs Rumored at Current TV

Al Gore’s news outlet moving production to LA, possibly outsourcing it entirely

By JACKSON WEST
Mon, Oct 12, 2009

Don’t be surprised if you see a bunch of pink-slipped Current producers in SOMA, so be nice and buy one a drink.

San Francisco-based Current Media, cofounded by former Vice President Al Gore, is looking to lay off more local employees, according to a source familiar with its plans.

The company laid off 60 employees last year, or about 15 percent of its staff, though promised to rehire some in new positions.

Part of the losses will stem from moving all video production to Los Angeles, or even outsourcing it entirely.

The network made the news when a reporter Laura Ling and producer Euna Lee were imprisoned by North Korea, and only released after a photo opportunity was arranged for North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il with former President Bill Clinton.

Current’s original plan was to solicit content from viewers and users of its website, but it ended up producing most of its own content in-house and working with professional production companies instead.

If true, the layoffs and relocation of production would more bad news for San Francisco’s film and video scene, which has struggled to attract productions and media jobs.

It’s also bad news for Current’s investors, who had hoped to cash in with a $100 million public offering of shares, only to see those plans cancelled.

A request for comment from Current has not been returned at this time.

How is it Mr. Gore is not getting stimulus money for this wonderful little ‘green shoot’?

Could it be because, no matter how you slice it, television production — with all of its lights and cameras — uses a lot of electricity and causes a lot of carbon to be emitted.

Hopefully, Mr. Gore will move the whole operation to China, where nobody will notice.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “More Layoffs Are Rumored At Al Gore TV”

  1. BillK says:

    But where’s the compassion?

    He’s running this as if it should (gasp!) be a money-making project!

    From NBC’s San Francisco affiliate:

    More Layoffs Rumored at Current TV

    By Jackson West

    San Francisco-based Current Media, cofounded by former Vice President Al Gore, is looking to lay off more local employees, according to a source familiar with its plans…

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/tech/More-Layoffs-Rumored-at-Current-TV-jw-64047687.html

    How cruel! How can the Sainted Al Gore be involved with anything like this?

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “It’s also bad news for Current’s investors, who had hoped to cash in with a $100 million public offering of shares, only to see those plans cancelled.”

    Those capitalistic bast_rds got what they had coming, ay.

    The libwits “Chicken’s are coming home to roost!”

  3. Chuckk says:

    TL:DR

    (Too Long : Didn’t Read)


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