'Countdown' announces more regular contributors
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David Shuster will be guest host when Keith Olbermann is unable to be in-studio, says a release. Show regulars will include Matt Taibbi, John Dean, Heather McGhee, Jeremy Scahill, Donald Sutherland and other "notable policy-makers, thought leaders, journalists, comedians, activists and other progressive voices." || Politico.com: Olbermann, Glenn Beck start over on smaller, riskier TV platforms. || "We're in this for the long haul," says Olbermann. || "The Current TV release is after the jump.
CURRENT TV’S “COUNTDOWN WITH KEITH OLBERMANN” ANNOUNCES DAVID SHUSTER AS GUEST HOST; TAPS KEY CONTRIBUTORS MATT TAIBBI, HEATHER MCGHEE, JOHN DEAN, MAYSOON ZAYID, DONALD SUTHERLAND AND MORE TO LEND THEIR VIEWS AND VOICES AS A REGULAR PART OF THE “COUNTDOWN” LINE UP
SHOW PREMIERES MONDAY, JUNE 20 AT 8 P.M. ET
NEW YORK – June 17, 2011– “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” the highly-anticipated weeknight commentary show slated to launch on independently owned Current TV on June 20th at 8PM ET (replayed at 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET) announced today that veteran television anchor David Shuster will serve as the primary guest host for occasions when Keith Olbermann is unable to be in-studio, as well as an additional number of regular contributors, which include notable policy-makers, thought leaders, journalists, comedians, activists and other progressive voices.
Lending their views and voices to “Countdown” on a regular basis will be Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi; John Dean, Former White House counsel to President Richard Nixon; Heather McGhee, Director of the Washington office of Demos, a non-partisan policy center; Jonathan Turley, law professor at The George Washington University School of Law; comedian and activist Maysoon Zayid; Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones energy and environmental reporter and investigative journalist and author Jeremy Scahill. Actor Donald Sutherland and Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director for the Franklin Institute will also regularly appear on the program. Mr. Pitts, like previously announced Countdown contributor Ken Burns, will be contributing non-political elements to the show.
"Once again I have the pleasure of welcoming home so many old friends to this medium's new primary network for progressive news, and am delighted they'll be helping me defend Freedom Of Television," said Olbermann, Current TV’s Chief News Officer.
These contributors join other “Countdown” contributors who were previously announced (press release available here).