As The Young Turks’ tireless host Cenk Uygur reminded this week in the aftermath of the acquisition of Current TV by Al Jazeera, a key portion of the enterprise is not part of the deal. The separate online half of the weekday political analysis program is independently produced and contracted, free to move on to greener Internet pastures in the second quarter of 2012 once the Current run comes to an official end.
Which begs the questions: Where might the TYT Network wind up? And what kind of future does the TV incarnation have? With Jeff Zucker jumping into the CNN executive suite and people like Jake Tapper joining that network’s correspondent ranks, perhaps the online version of TYT could somehow fit into a remolded version of the Atlanta cable giant’s website.
There’s also the possibility of Uygur moving on to a non-TYT on-air position and continuing to anchor with Ana Kasparian just a YouTube online version, as was the case before Current came calling. For now, TYT is synonymous with TBD.
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