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.
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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