Former MSNBC talk show host Keith Olbermann announced via Twitter today that he is becoming “Chief News Officer” at Current TV, the low-rated public affairs channel cofounded by former Vice President Al Gore.

Olbermann will host what Current calls a “Major New Nightly Primetime News and Commentary Show” on weeknights on Current. The network hailed the former sportscaster for his “slashing wit, analytical eye, and distinctive commentary.”

The show is set to start in 2011, though a date was not specified.

In a Current release announcing the news, Olbermann had this to say: “Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media, and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference.”

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