Keith Olberman’s new venture will be announced today via teleconference. The former MSNBC anchor recently left the media company following months of disputes with the management. Get the full story with pictures and video below!
Joining MSNBC in 2003 to host “Countdown,” the former ESPN reporter quickly became MSNBC’s most popular personality, and has remained a prominent voice for liberal America. Suddenly and controversially leaving the network despite the two years remaining on his contract, the former host’s options will be limited by legal obligations set in his agreement with MSNBC.
Conan O’Brien recently went through a similar ordeal with NBC, which resulted in his resignation and subsequent obligatory absence from TV for 8 months. Despite the undisclosed conditions of his contract, and therefore unknown length of time he will have to remain off television, Kieth Olbermann’s new venture is rumored to be with independently-owned Current-TV. His public relations firm confirmed that he would announce the details Tuesday.
“He and his new partners will make an exciting announcement regarding the next chapter in his remarkable career,” they said in a press release.
One reason for his switch to Current-TV, which was co-founded by Al Gore, is that his agreement may not apply to the independently owned station. According to the Wall Street Journal, several insiders have confirmed that Ketih’s contractual obligations to remain off-air only apply to competing cable-news providers.
It has also been pointed out that the website www.TheOlbermannShow.com was bought just days before the MSNBC anchor announced his departure. What do you think of the potential move by Keith Olbermann? New ventures are always risky, but it seems this move is the best choice for the former MSNBC man given his limited options. Would you tune in to The Olbermann Show? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section! For more on the story, check out the pictures and video below!
Photos: www.wenn.com/HRC, Mr Blue