Keith Olbermann and MSNBC have parted ways, abruptly ending Olbermann’s show “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” on Friday.
Read the HuffPost article here, which provides a succinct account of the lead up to Olbermann’s departure.
Here is an opinion piece from the New York Times, “Olbermann’s MSNBC Exit Was Weeks In the Making.”
Bill Carter’s article reports speculation that Olbermann’s firing might have to do with Comcast, the incoming owner of NBC Universal, because several of the top executives support the Republican party.
Comcast has issued a statement denying any involvement, claiming that the company has stuck to its promise of not interfering with NBC’s news operations when the deal for the merger was announced.
Not to exactly label the folks at Comcast liars, but I would hardly be surprised if, in the future, we find out that the executives in Comcast did exercise their influence through the back door to oust Mr. Olbermann. It’s quite simple from a hypothetical personal point of view: they didn’t like him, they want him gone. And if they conclude after discussion, perhaps with assurance from Phil Griffin and the executives over at MSNBC, that Mr. Olbermann’s departure would not hurt the channel’s ratings, they would see no problem with sending Olbermann packing.
Some are already speculating as to where he will end up, with some suggesting CNN, ESPN, hosting a radio show, amongst others.
I can already see the news headline a few years (heck, maybe just a few months) down the road:
“Keith Olbermann, the savior of CNN.”
So long Keith, you’ve been great and I will tune in to your next show, whichever network it might be on.