A report on Countdown with Keith Olbermann

Hour-long weeknight news and political commentary program hosted by Keith Olbermann that aired on MSNBC from 2003 to 2011 and on Current TV from 2011 to 2012.

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MSNBC

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American news-based pay television cable channel based in New York City.

American news-based pay television cable channel based in New York City.

MSNBC's logo used from 1996 until 2009. The "N" in the logo was changed from red to black in 2002. This variant has occasionally been used after 2006 as an alternative logo in a horizontal form.
MSNBC's studio in NYC
The MSNBC studio
MSNBC logo used from 2009 to 2015.
MSNBC logo used from 2015 to 2021
MSNBC's former New Jersey headquarters studio, now the home of MLB Network
The monitors of the MSNBC newsroom are tuned into various global channels.
MSNBC celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2006.
NBCNews.com's main newsroom in Redmond, Washington, 2007
NBCNews.com's newsroom in New York City, 2007

In late 2005, MSNBC began attracting liberal and progressive viewers as Keith Olbermann began critiquing and satirizing conservative media commentators during his Countdown With Keith Olbermann program.

The Rachel Maddow Show

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American liberal news and opinion television program that airs on MSNBC, running in the 9:00 pm ET timeslot Monday evenings.

American liberal news and opinion television program that airs on MSNBC, running in the 9:00 pm ET timeslot Monday evenings.

Rachel Maddow in 2018

Keith Olbermann, then host of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, was Maddow's first guest on her debut show, and has been given credit for pushing for Maddow to gain her own show.

Current TV

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American television channel which broadcast from August 1, 2005, to August 20, 2013.

American television channel which broadcast from August 1, 2005, to August 20, 2013.

Former Current TV Control Room
Current TV Booth in San Mateo at Maker Faire 2008
Current TV logo 2005–2011

On June 20, 2011, Countdown with Keith Olbermann relaunched on Current TV.

Olbermann in 2008

Keith Olbermann

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American sports and political commentator and writer.

American sports and political commentator and writer.

Olbermann in 2008

From March 2003 to January 2011 Olbermann hosted the weeknight political commentary program Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC.

Maddow in 2018

Rachel Maddow

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American television news program host and liberal political commentator.

American television news program host and liberal political commentator.

Maddow in 2018
Making cocktails during the show
Maddow in 2008
Maddow in 2012

In January 2008, Maddow became an MSNBC political analyst and was a regular panelist on MSNBC's Race for the White House with David Gregory and MSNBC's election coverage as well as a frequent contributor on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

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American weeknight news and political commentary program on MSNBC.

American weeknight news and political commentary program on MSNBC.

The show originally premiered in the 10pm slot Monday-Thursday on September 27, 2010, with the first episode featuring Vice President Joe Biden and Countdown host Keith Olbermann.

Shuster in 2008

David Shuster

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American television journalist and talk radio host.

American television journalist and talk radio host.

Shuster in 2008

After MSNBC, Shuster was hired to serve as "primary substitute anchor" for Current TV's re-launch of Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

O'Donnell at the Women's March along Fifth Avenue on January 21, 2017

Lawrence O'Donnell

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American television anchor, actor, liberal political commentator, and host of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an MSNBC opinion and news program that airs on weeknights.

American television anchor, actor, liberal political commentator, and host of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, an MSNBC opinion and news program that airs on weeknights.

O'Donnell at the Women's March along Fifth Avenue on January 21, 2017
O'Donnell (right) and Ed Asner in 2017
O'Donnell at the 2009 premiere of ''PoliWood

Also in 2009 and 2010, O'Donnell began appearing frequently as a substitute host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann, particularly when Olbermann's father was ill in the hospital.

Chris Hayes

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American political commentator, television news anchor, activist, and author.

American political commentator, television news anchor, activist, and author.

Chris Hayes interviewed by Alan Miller

Hayes has also hosted other MSNBC shows such as The Ed Show, Countdown With Keith Olbermann, and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Richard Wolffe

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British-American journalist, MSNBC commentator, and author of the Barack Obama books Renegade: The Making of a President (Crown, June 2009) and Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House (Crown, November 2010).

British-American journalist, MSNBC commentator, and author of the Barack Obama books Renegade: The Making of a President (Crown, June 2009) and Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House (Crown, November 2010).

He is a political analyst on MSNBC, having appeared frequently on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Hardball with Chris Matthews.