Keith Olbermann gets a "big show" hour back at MSNBC Monday under a new name
Olbermann -- the former ESPN SportsCenter anchor who left his first
MSNBC nightly cable news program in 1997, upset with the program's focus on the
scandal involving former President Bill Clinton -- will return to duty at 8 p.m.
with the latest developments on the Iraq war.
At first, the program will run as Countdown: Operation Iraqi Freedom,
but it will become Countdown with Keith Olbermann when the war ends.
MSNBC has been running Countdown programs and extended coverage in the
time period since canceling Phil Donahue's talk show two months ago.
Earlier, Olbermann was named primary host of MSNBC's and CNBC's 2004 Summer
Olympic Games coverage from Athens.
Between MSNBC shifts, he anchored Fox Sports Net programming, contributed
commentary segments to Cable News Network's Newsnight with Aaron Brown
and launched a revival of Speaking of Sports, the long-running ABC Radio
Network feature reported by Howard Cosell.
The Speaking commitment will continue at two segments per