Here’s MSNBC’s release on the Olbermann re-signing.
Olbermann Named Managing Editor of “Countdown” And Will Contribute To NBC Network News Programming
“Countdown” Up an Amazing 89% Over 2006
SECAUCUS, NJ – February 15, 2007 – MSNBC today announced that Keith Olbermann will be counting down the top stories of the day for four more years, continuing as host of his enormously popular nightly news program, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” (8-9 p.m. ET). In addition, he will contribute to NBC Nightly News with occasional essays and will host two “Countdown” primetime specials each year on NBC. Since its launch in April, 2003, “Countdown” has grown its audience by 91%, making it one of the most watched programs on cable news.
“Keith Olbermann is a tremendous talent and a superb broadcaster,” said NBC News President Steve Capus. “He is an asset to NBC News and the timing of this announcement couldn’t be better given the momentum Keith’s program is enjoying right now.”
A compelling hour of nightly news, delivered with Olbermann’s particular wit and style, “Countdown” takes a fast paced look at the top five news stories of the day – from politics to pop culture and from the mainstream to the oddball. The program has enjoyed particular success in the past year, finishing the month of January with an average of 283,000 viewers in the adult demographic (25-54) and 715,000 total viewers, up +89% and +85% respectively, over a year ago.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support for this newscast, both inside NBC, and among our remarkable viewers,” said Olbermann. “I’m delighted we can continue ‘Countdown,’ and continue to try to hold politicians and other newsmakers accountable for what they are doing, or not doing.”
Olbermann is the recipient of numerous distinguished awards in radio and television broadcasting, including the 1995 Cable Ace Award for Best Sportscaster, 11 Golden Mike Awards for excellence in television and radio, and four Sports Emmy Awards. Olbermann also received two Edward R. Murrow Awards, one for his coverage of the events of 9/11 and another for the anniversary coverage of 9/11.
In addition to his extensive broadcasting experience, Olbermann has written for dozens of publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated and Playboy. His first book, “The Major League Coaches,” was published when he was 14. His latest book, “The Worst Person in the World,” is based on the popular segment within “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” and another, based on his electrifying Countdown “Special Comments,” will be published next winter.
Phil Griffin is Senior Vice President, NBC News, and Executive-in-Charge of MSNBC. Dan Abrams is General Manager, MSNBC. Izzy Povich is Executive Producer of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann