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July 6, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Television Critic
Keith Olbermann's still preaching liberal gloom and doom to the choir, but the church pews have emptied. The commentator's Countdown audience, in the show's new home on the little Current cable network, is about one-third of what he averaged on MSNBC. But one man's decline can be another's stunning success. Since Olbermann arrived June 20, the audience weeknights at 8 p.m. on Current has increased fifteenfold, moving the network, founded six years ago by Democratic stalwarts Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, from total obscurity into cable's lower middle class.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2008 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
TATTLE LOVED Keith Olbermann on ESPN, when he and Dan Patrick made "SportsCenter" must-see viewing, but we haven't seen him much since he became a Liberal flame-thrower on MSNBC. And although Olbermann's tax woes with New York State may not make him a candidate for his "Worst Person in the World," his enemies in punditry are sure enjoying themselves. The host of "Countdown" owes New York $2,269.50, according to a tax warrant obtained by the Associated Press. State Tax and Finance Department spokesman Tom Bergin said the debt recorded against the TV host's Olbermann Broadcasting Empire Inc., based in L.A., is still open.
NEWS
January 22, 2011 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com
The final broadcast of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" aired Friday night as MSNBC and Olbermann announced they would part ways. The news appeared abruptly and comes just two months after MSNBC's highest-rated host was suspended for two days following reports that he gave donations to a Democratic political candidate, which violated the company's ethics policies for news employees. Neither Olbermann nor MSNBC gave much of an explanation for the departure. In a statement, MSNBC said: "MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract.
SPORTS
August 31, 1999 | by Dana Pennett, Daily News Sports Writer
In its attempt to challenge ESPN, Fox Sports Net has just laid in a big piece of the missing puzzle. Philadelphia, the lone top market nationally the network's news broadcast failed to penetrate, has come into the fold. Beginning Sept. 8, Comcast SportsNet will offer "Fox Sports Net News" at 11 p.m. The addition of the news show, featuring former ESPN personalities Keith Olbermann and Chris Myers, means CSN will reconfigure its nightly programming. First Union "SportsNITE" will be bumped up a half-hour, to 6:30 p.m., and "PECO SpotLIGHT," with Michael Barkann, will begin at midnight instead of its usual 11 p.m. start.
SPORTS
April 17, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Keith Olbermann will return to sports for the first time in 6 years to join Cris Collinsworth as co-host of the pregame show for NBC's Sunday night NFL telecasts. Olbermann, who hosts a prime-time newscast and opinion show called "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC, will join with host Bob Costas and analysts Jerome Bettis, Tiki Barber and Peter King on NBC's "Football Night in America. " An anchor for ESPN's SportsCenter from 1992 to '97, Olbermann last appeared on network television in 2001 as host of postseason baseball coverage for FOX. His job on the NBC show will be to narrate highlights and discuss NFL news and issues.
SPORTS
May 16, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Keith Olbermann is leaving Fox Sports, his third departure from a TV network in four years. "All I can say is, ultimately, it's their network and it's their money," Olbermann said yesterday. Fox described the move, effective immediately, as "by mutual agreement. " Olbermann will be paid until the end of the year. He was the anchor and executive producer of "The Keith Olbermann Evening News" on Fox Sports Net on Sunday nights since August and was host of Fox's Saturday pregame baseball studio show.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lisa Aiello DeLeon just wanted to show Keith Olbermann that there was more to Pennsylvania State University than the Jerry Sandusky scandal. When she read that the university's annual Thon dance marathon had raised more than $13 million over the weekend for pediatric cancer research, she thought of the ESPN host. "We are!" she tweeted Monday, mentioning Olbermann and the Thon article, and using part of the school athletic cheer. But Olbermann finished the sentence for her, replying: " . . . Pitiful".
NEWS
May 3, 2008
RE STU BYKOFSKY'S recent column on Bill O'Reilly: It seems that Stu has a "blonde" hang-up. He must have mentioned the word (alluding to Fox News' penchant for blonde female anchors) at least half a dozen times. But if you've got to listen to some of these folks while watching them on TV, they at least ought to be pleasing to the eyes. CNN obviously hasn't figured that one out yet! I watch both to see how CNN and Fox handle the issues. What strikes me is this: Fox is the only one of the cable news networks that consistently has both liberal and conservative views.
NEWS
June 16, 2010 | Staff and Wire Reports
Bloggers, politicians and pundits on both sides - and even the company at the center of the crisis - were quick to respond to President Obama's Oval Office speech last night. 'IT'S STARTLING': "It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days," said Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann. " "I don't think he aimed low; I don't think he aimed at all. It's startling. " NO NEW TAXES: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that the White House should keep its focus on stopping the spill and cleaning up the mess, rather than thinking about clean-energy legislation, as Obama suggested.
SPORTS
May 16, 1997 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
After a two-week paid vacation, during which he was supposed to reflect on his future at ESPN, Keith Olbermann is back on ESPN's "SportsCenter. " Reached by the Daily News at ESPN last night, Olbermann said: "The time off provided both sides with perspective on our valuable relationship. Both sides need to do whatever they can to preserve it. " Olbermann sounded like a man who wants to remain at ESPN. He and co-anchor Dan Patrick have been at the "SportsCenter" desk for five years.
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March 2, 2015
ISSUE | GOVERNORS Give Wolf a chance Regarding criticism over Gov. Wolf's remark about Pennsylvanians having an "excess of modesty," I am so tired of the childishness of this man's opponents ("Wolf says a bit of boasting could be a boost for Pa.," Feb. 24). He isn't my governor, but we all saw his political ads, and Wolf seemed so sincere, intelligent, and genuinely concerned about his state's citizens that I was pleased when he was elected. |Bonnie Mason, Collingswood Tact-free zone I was intrigued by Gov. Christie's offer to New Hampshire voters to take more questions ("Back in N.H., Christie gives a hint of 2016," Feb. 17)
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lisa Aiello DeLeon just wanted to show Keith Olbermann that there was more to Pennsylvania State University than the Jerry Sandusky scandal. When she read that the university's annual Thon dance marathon had raised more than $13 million over the weekend for pediatric cancer research, she thought of the ESPN host. "We are!" she tweeted Monday, mentioning Olbermann and the Thon article, and using part of the school athletic cheer. But Olbermann finished the sentence for her, replying: " . . . Pitiful".
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2012 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tracie McMillan is discovering the upside of being ridiculed by Rush Limbaugh. As a first-time author writing about food policy, McMillan, 35, was relieved to get a publisher and a small advance. A Feb. 20 favorable review in the New York Times, on the eve of publication, was nice icing. Fortune and fame would have been unreasonable expectations. "Most books don't make money. They're calling cards to parlay into fellowships or speaking engagements," says the pragmatic McMillan, who was born and bred in Michigan before moving to Brooklyn to become a freelance journalist.
NEWS
July 6, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Television Critic
Keith Olbermann's still preaching liberal gloom and doom to the choir, but the church pews have emptied. The commentator's Countdown audience, in the show's new home on the little Current cable network, is about one-third of what he averaged on MSNBC. But one man's decline can be another's stunning success. Since Olbermann arrived June 20, the audience weeknights at 8 p.m. on Current has increased fifteenfold, moving the network, founded six years ago by Democratic stalwarts Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, from total obscurity into cable's lower middle class.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Can we all agree that nothing is sacred anymore? I noticed with some dismay this week that Nick Lachey, the host of NBC's other singing competition, The Sing-Off , has sold the rights to his wedding to Vanessa Minnillo as a made-for-TV special. To auction off this momentous occasion to the highest bidder, to turn this most intimate of ceremonies into a public spectacle - that's just shabby. To make matters worse, Lachey is a repeat offender. He packaged his prior marriage to singer Jessica Simpson as an MTV series, Newlyweds . After my outrage simmered down, I found I had a change of heart.
NEWS
February 9, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lindsay Lohan , whose misdeeds so far haven't done much more than earn her some rehab time and make her perennial paparazzi prey, is in real trouble now. The L.A. District Attorney's office announced Tuesday that it planned to charge the actress/train wreck with felony grand theft in connection with the disappearance of a $2,500 necklace from a store near Lohan's home. She was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, she could get anything from probation to a three-year stay as a guest of the state of California.
NEWS
January 22, 2011 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com
The final broadcast of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" aired Friday night as MSNBC and Olbermann announced they would part ways. The news appeared abruptly and comes just two months after MSNBC's highest-rated host was suspended for two days following reports that he gave donations to a Democratic political candidate, which violated the company's ethics policies for news employees. Neither Olbermann nor MSNBC gave much of an explanation for the departure. In a statement, MSNBC said: "MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract.
NEWS
November 20, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
MSNBC's time-out corner is occupied again. On Friday, the network suspended conservative morning-show host Joe Scarborough for two whole days for giving money to politicians. He'll be gone Monday and Tuesday. A couple of weeks ago, liberal evening show host Keith Olbermann got the same harsh treatment from superiors for the same offense. Olbermann gave $2,400 to three Democrats, including one who appeared on his show. In a statement released by MSNBC Friday, Morning Joe Scarborough says he gave $500 each to his brother and three family friends, all Republicans in his home state of Florida, all in supposedly non-competitive local races.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2010 | By Dan Gross
A TESTY E-MAIL exchange between Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky and MSNBC blowhard Keith Olbermann that was reported online yesterday was actually an exchange between Byko and an Olbermann imposter. Bykofsky wrote columns critical of Olbermann on Thursday and again Monday after the left-leaning cable host was suspended for making political contributions to Democratic candidates, in violation of NBC News policy. Bykofsky wrote to Keith@KeithOlbermann . com for comment and received a reply Monday in which "Olbermann" challenged Bykofsky's journalistic chops.
NEWS
November 8, 2010
ON FRIDAY, MSNBC's top-ranked commentator/anchor Keith Olbermann was suspended without pay for putting his money where his mouth is. Last night, MSNBC said the suspension would end tomorrow. He admitted making donations totaling $7,200 - the maximum allowed - to three political candidates. Recipients were - to no one's surprise - all Democrats. What's wrong with that? This is a democracy. People can support who they like, can't they? Journalists can't, or shouldn't. But is the talking head a journalist?
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