Veteran broadcast and cable television executive David Bohrman has left CNN and has accepted the post of president at Current TV, effective immediately. Just three months ago he was named senior vice president and chief innovation officer for CNN Worldwide, a position he was reassigned to following several years as CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau chief.
Bohrman’s new responsibilities include ultimate responsibility for programming, production, broadcast operations, digital and technology.
Current chairman Al Gore and CEO Joel Hyatt said Bohrman’s combination of news programming and technical acumen will help Current deliver on news, commentary and information, a refocus from its previous concentration on non-fiction and user-generated content. Bohrman (pictured) also will work closely with Current’s chief news officer Keith Olbermann as the network expands its primetime line-up and election coverage.
“Current’s mission has always been to shine a light on important issues, to spark debate and to speak truth to power. Earlier this year, we advanced this mission when we brought Keith Olbermann to Current and clearly stated our intent to be a truly independent, conflict-free, progressive voice in the news and political commentary arena,” Gore said in a statement. “David Bohrman passionately shares our vision. He has innovation in his DNA, and he has the unique qualifications and relationships to take Current to a whole new level in programming and production.”
Bohrman’s extensive political and other news coverage includes creating the “magic wall” for John King, USA and the “situation room” for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, two programs under his supervision while at CNN. He joined that network having having executive produced most of NBC News’ special news events and was part of MSNBC’s launch team. Among his other achievements, Bohrman also was CEO of Pseudo Inc., the pioneering interactive Internet television network founded by Josh Harris in 1993.
Current is available via cable and satellite TV in 60 million households in the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland, as well as online.