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Keith Olbermann will debut new 'Countdown' show June 20 on Current TV

April 26, 2011 | 11:27 am

Keith Olbermann, the controversial "Countdown" anchor who abruptly departed MSNBC in January, will launch his new show on Current TV June 20.

"Countdown with Keith Olbermann" will air weeknights and will feature Olbermann's views on news and politics, Current executives said.

The new show will be one of the most high-profile ventures for Current TV, the little-known cable outlet founded by former Vice President Al Gore and legal entrepreneur Joel Hyatt.

Specific details about the series were not disclosed, but Hyatt said that Olbermann "will be back, speaking truth to power and calling them as he sees them."

Mark Rosenthal, chief executive of Current, added, "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."

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: Current TV ad for Keith Olbermann's new show, "Countdown With Keith Olbermann." Credit: