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Keith Olbermann Returns With Show 'Countdown' on Current TV

Author C. Sanders. Published on June 20, 2011 - 9:14 pm (1514 views — 318 words)

Almost five months after leaving MSNBC, left-wing news personality Keith Olbermann returned to the air on Monday, June 20th, 2011 with the relaunch of his "Countdown" show on Current TV.

While known for generally opposing Republicans and supporting Democrats, Olbermann implied that both parties would now be targets in "Special Comment," a segment that was also part of his previous version of the show.

"The nation is losing its independence through the malfeasance of one party and the timidity of the other," he said, according to the shows blog.

Olbermann left MSNBC in late January after eight years at the network. During his time there, the former sports news anchor became a favorite of progressives for challenging rivals at Fox News among other places, though he also faced criticism and publicly aired his frustrations with NBC's management.

He signed a new deal, only weeks later with Current Media, founded in 2005 by former V.P. Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. Other than hosting and producing his new prime time nightly news and commentary show, Olbermann is also Current Media's chief news officer and has an equity stake in the company.

Olbermann (52), had been suspended from MSNBC for two days in November 2010 after the website Politico broadcasted he had made donations to three Democrats.

That includes $2,400 dollars, the maximum amount that can be given by any individual, given to the campaign of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who was wounded in a mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona. He also donated to campaigns of Senate candidate Jack Conway of Kentucky and U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona. Conway lost his bid, while Grijalva and Giffords won.

Olbermann's alliance with Current TV is another huge transition for a man who, before his time with MSNBC, spent 13 years with the sports network ESPN.

Current TV can be seen in more than 75 million homes around the world.