Broadcaster Keith Olbermann is returning to his roots. Olbermann will return to ESPN2 this Summer with a late night show beginning August 26th. The show, simply titled, Olbermann, will be an hour-long program. It will broadcast live at 11pm EST from ABC’s Times Square studios in New York City. Olbermann’s new show will focus on each day’s big sports topics through a variety of vantage points, commentary, interviews, panel discussions and highlights.
ESPN President John Skipper explained the choice of bringing Olbermann back to ESPN in a statement. “Keith is a one-of-a-kind personality and these shows will be appointment viewing for that very reason,” he said. “Keith brings a blend of editorial sophistication and unpredictability – you can never be sure what you’ll get. Olbermann on ESPN2 gives viewers the quality late-night complement to ESPN’s SportsCenter in the same way we’ve developed distinct show options across our networks the rest of the day.”
Olbermann offered his own thoughts on returning to the ESPN family. He was optimistic about the show’s future and his own in his remarks. “Apart from the opportunity to try to create a nightly hour of sports television that no fan can afford to miss, I’m overwhelmed by the chance to begin anew with ESPN,” he said. “I’ve been gone for sixteen years and not one day in that time has passed without someone connecting me to the network. Our histories are indelibly intertwined and frankly I have long wished that I had the chance to make sure the totality of that story would be a completely positive one. I’m grateful to friends and bosses – old and new – who have permitted that opportunity to come to pass. I’m not going to waste it.
More announcements on Olbermann will be announced in the coming weeks. It is expected to be similar in style to SportsCenter. In many cases, Olbermann will air immediately after live events on ESPN2 beginning with US Open Tennis on August 26th. This makes for more flexibility with the show’s start time depending on the length and timing of the events in question.
Keith Olbermann originally worked for ESPN from 1992 – 1997. During his time at ESPN, he served as co-host of the 11pm SportsCenter broadcast. HE also helped launch ESPN Radio and ESPN2. He was awarded the ACE award as the nation’s top cable sportscaster in 1995. After leaving ESPN in 1997, he would go on to broadcast the World Series the same year, and again in 2000. He returned to ESPN in 2005, during which time, he served as a daily radio contributor. He served as co-host of NBC’s Football Night in America from 2007 – 2009 and was named as co-host of TBS’ studio host during the network’s post-season baseball coverage.
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