July 6, 2011 |
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.
June 6, 2008 |
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.
January 22, 2011 |
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.
August 31, 1999 |
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.
April 17, 2007 |
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.
May 16, 2001 |
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.
February 26, 2015 |
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".
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.
June 16, 2010 |
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.
May 16, 1997 |
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.