UK Tunes into Gore TV

By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2007 10:25 PM CDT
Former US Vice President Al Gore speaks    (Getty Images (by Event))

(Newser) – Al Gore's viewer-driven Current TV Network, rolled out in the U.S. 18 months ago to 40 million homes, hit the UK yesterday in the next phase of its worldwide expansion. The broadcast offers "pods," or short 3 to 8 minute segments, rather than shows, a third of which will be created, submitted, and voted on by viewers through its companion website. 

Gore claims the network will prove as monumental as the printing press, putting the power of the medium directly into the hands of the public. Even the hourly news bulletins are based on what terms users are searching for on Google in real time; the first day's democratic updates included a naked TV presenter and a man who has sex with cars.