New series imports 'Countdown' title from MSNBC

Keith Olbermann’s post-MSNBC venture will premiere June 20 on Current TV, bearing a title that directly recalls his previous job: “Countdown With Keith Olbermann.”

“Countdown” will air at 8 p.m. EST/5 PST, repeating twice nightly in three-hour intervals.

In an ebullient online video announcement early Tuesday, Olbermann said that being on Current “would increase the program’s edge and the pointedness of its commentary.”

Olbermann was given the title of chief news officer at Current when his move there was announced in February.

“I wanted to go somewhere where I could expand on and enlarge upon the work I had already done,” Olbermann said. “A place where journalistic integrity and analytical honesty would never be compromised by corporate synergy. A place where no one would ever proclaim the ultimate dishonesty: that balancing a lie for every truth was somehow fair. I found that place in Current TV.

“And even though they had told me I’d be in charge, and they gave me a title, and an equity stake — and a pony — I have still been delightfully startled by the free hand I’ve been given.”

Said Current CEO Mark Rosenthal: “We’re creating a great platform for Keith’s style, which includes a very sophisticated digital presence for him that we think will appeal to his very enthusiastic and active following. The show will also appeal to new viewers tuning into Keith for the first time.”

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