Gore TV Venture: 'Politics' Free

Al Gore, as former US Vice President and co-founder of Current TV network, with television producers and hosts Laura Ling and Gotham Chopra (l-r), Beverly Hills, California.
AP
Former Vice President Al Gore, co-founder of a new television channel launching next month, said he's shunning politics — and so is his media venture.

"I consider myself a recovering politician. I'm on step nine," Gore told a meeting Monday of the Television Critics Association.

The 2000 Democratic candidate for president was asked if he was concerned the 24-hour news and information channel, called Current, would be perceived as having a political slant. It's scheduled to launch Aug. 1.

"I think the reality of the network will speak for itself. It's not intended to be partisan in any way," said Gore, Current's co-founder (with Joel Hyatt. the founder of Hyatt Legal Services) and chairman of the board.

Aimed at an 18-34-year-old audience, Current has loftier goals in mind than party politics: Gore said it will engage young people in the "dialogue of democracy" by providing stories that interest them, and will involve them in the channel's content.