August 22, 2008

Air America Commentator Maddow to Launch Nightly MSNBC Talk Show

NEW YORK - MSNBC talk show host Keith Olbermann is getting a new running mate, Rachel Maddow, who will follow Olbermann's "Countdown" with her own prime-time hour starting next month.

Maddow, a political commentator who is heard daily on the Air America Radio network and has served as a guest host for Olbermann, will launch her MSNBC show Sept. 8, the network announced Wednesday.

"The Rachel Maddow Show," billed as "a smart look at politics, pop culture and all the day's top stories," will originate weeknights at 9 p.m.

Before claiming the time slot currently occupied by Dan Abrams, she will be a political panelist during MSNBC's coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Like its rival all-news cable networks, MSNBC has pumped up its political coverage during the presidential race. Though retaining a third-place standing overall against perennial ratings champ Fox News Channel and runner-up CNN, it has shown significant audience growth, especially among younger viewers.

Maddow also will continue her radio show on Air America, a liberal-focused network where she has been heard since it signed on in 2004.

- The Associated Press

NBC and MSNBC are owned by General Electric Co.

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