I'm watching Stephanie Miller on Current right now...and it appears she's done well with the show, but availability is a major problem with Current. They've always been offered as an upper-tier service on my system and I'm fortunate I can afford the $130 a month to get this channel and HBO (for Bill mahrer)...a long way from the $10 a month I paid back in the 80s. I know too many people who can't afford $30 a month yet $100 or more...and this is hurting channels like Current as the cable companies lose business and try to hang on to what they have by having the "most popular" channels on their basic services.
The article is disengenuous in only one regard...Current isn't the only channel that is having financial problems. "Deregulation" had turned the terrestrial and now cable channels into a plantation operated by a handful of large corporates. They're emphasis on quick ratings and revenues have destroyed broadcasting.
I will way that Current has missed a great opportunity by not streaming their programming live and drawing an audience that way.