Tonight, Al Gore won an Emmy for Current TV, his global television network that allows viewers to “create and influence what airs on TV.” The audience gave Gore a long standing ovation as he and his Current TV partner, Joel Hyatt, walked onstage to receive the award for “interactive television services.” From Gore’s thank you speech:
[W]e are trying to open up the television medium so that viewers can help to make television and join the conversation of democracy and reclaim American democracy by talking about the choices we have to make
In February, Gore’s film on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, won an Oscar for Best Documentary.
OKA: We thought it only fitting that we use the technology of the Internet to announce the Emmy honoree for creative achievement in interactive television.
So please welcome, all the way from his office in Los Angeles, the president of MySpace and everyone’s first virtual friend, Mr. Tom Anderson. Tom. Are you there?
ANDERSON: Yeah, thanks Masi. I’m honored to present this Emmy to a new sort of network that really lived up to its name, Current TV. Founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, Current TV is created every day by the people who watch it. Gentlemen, congratulations, come on up, and get your Emmy.
HYATT: Thank you. Thank you. First, I want to do what you just did, and thank Al Gore for being a terrific partner, a great chairman, and a real visionary. I also want to thank all the great people who are a part of Current. Al and I set out to open up television and share the powerful TV platform with our young adult audience. The viewer response has been phenomenal, though we share this Emmy with a large and growing community participating with Current on television and on the Internet.
GORE: We have the greatest CEO in the world in Joel Hyatt, and I want to thank others [names] and the entire team at Current. And as Joel said, we are trying to open up the television medium so that viewers can help to make television and join the conversation of democracy and reclaim American democracy by talking about the choices we have to make. More to come. Current.com. Next month. Thank you Academy.