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Friday, January 21, 2011

Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC aired its' last show this evening

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Keith Olbermann's contract
was not renewed with the MSNBC
network and the former network
anchor announced his last
broadcast was this evening
In a shocking Friday night news turn of events, Keith Olbermann and the MSNBC network have ended their contract, according to a statement from MSNBC. The last episode of the "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" program aired this evening, Friday, January 21. 

MSNBC's statement about the resignation reads as follows:
"MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors."
The network updated schedule will be altered as of Monday, January 24th with Lawrence O'Donnell's ‘The Last Word’ show moving to the 8pm EST slot, "The Ed Show" with Ed Schultz relocating from 6pm EST time segment to 10pm EST and The Rachel Maddow Show remaining in her current airtime slot of 9 p.m.

Cenk Uygur of the popular web show ‘The Young Turks’ and MSNBC contributor will be filling in starting Monday, January 24th as host of the 6 p.m ET hour.

On November 5, 2010, Mr. Olbermann was ‘Indefinitely Suspended by MSNBC President Phil Griffin citing Monetary Campaign Donations that where against company policy. One of the campaign donations that Mr. Olbermann was cited on included a contribution to the campaign of Congresswoman Garbrielle Griffords (D-AZ), who was in a heated battle against her Tea Party Conservative Jesse Kelly. 

Representative Griffords’ was re-elected to the seat for a second term in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District November 3, 2010.

Less than three weeks ago on Saturday, January 8th, Rep. Griffords was shot in the head by suspect Jared Lougher on January 8th while attending a public ‘Congress in your Corner’ event. Twelve people who attended the event were injured and six fatalities occurred at the scene; including Federal Judge John Roll and nine-year old Christina Taylor-Green.

On January 18th highly disputed merger of Comcast buying MSNBC was finalized on with the approval of Federal Communication Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski in a 4 to 1 majority board vote

Progressive Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on November 8th issued a statement that he was seeking to block the Comcast-MSNBC merger due to concerns that the cable network provider giant would end the ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ program.
“As Vermont’s senator, I intend to do all that I can do to stop this merger. There already is far too much media concentration in this country," Sanders noted. "We do not need another media giant run by a Republican supporter of George W. Bush. That is the lesson we should learn from the Keith Olbermann suspension.”
In a ironic twist, Mr. Olbermann during his final sign off tonight stated that he was told this evening, "This is going to be the last edition of your show."

Keith Olbermann's last sign off of the Countdown program

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