Keith Olbermann's Show to Launch June 20 on Current TV
Same name, different network.
Keith Olbermann's CurrentTV show will be called Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the same name as his long-running MSNBC program.
The Current show will bow on June 20 at 8 p.m., the network announced today.
The 8 p.m. time slot is also where Olbermann's MSNBC show aired and where Olbermann will compete with fromer colleague Lawrence O'Donnell, whose MSNBC program Last Word moved to 8 p.m. in January, after Olbermann's departure.
Olbermann joined Current, where he is also the network's chief news officer, last February after an initial call from network co-founder Al Gore. RELATED: Tim Goodman's analysis of Olbermann's career move.
"Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media, and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference," Olbermann said at the time.
In a statement, Mark Rosenthal, CEO of Current, said the show "will combine familiar and popular features with some new elements that we can’t wait to unveil. 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."