Current TV Counting Down to Olbermann's New 'Countdown'
The only countdown to Keith Olbermann's last minutes as host of his MSNBC show "Countdown" came abruptly, as the show came to its end to the surprise of its viewers with just a couple of segments' notice back in January. A couple of weeks later came word that Olbermann was headed to Current TV with a new nightly news show in the works, and today we're learning that the show will bear the same name and timeslot as Olbermann's MSNBC gig."Countdown" on Current TV will debut on June 20th, and will be bringing Olbermann's "critical perspective in news commentary" back to the cable airwaves. Deadline quotes Current TV co-founder Joel Hyatt, who says: “Keith will be back, speaking truth to power and calling them as he sees them -- but this time, on America’s only independent news and information TV network.”
Based in San Francisco, Current's primary broadcast center is in Los Angeles, and there was early speculation that Olbermann's show might be done here, where the left-leaning commenter once worked as a local sportscaster. However, in March, Current revealed that they were building a facility in Manhattan to house the Olbermann show, and serve other production needs for the network.