Kim Kaufman notes:
The Phil Donahue syndrome – both were the #1 show before being cancelled due to their “liberal” pov.
COMCAST MAKEOVER: “MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract”; Lefty MSNBC About To Make Right Turn?
By NIKKI FINKE AND NELLIE ANDREEVA | Friday January 21, 2011 @ 6:02pm PST
[UPDATE: The word out of MSNBC is that Keith Olbermann, who’d been negotiating his severance with one year left on his contract, can’t move to another cable/broadcast news channel right away, so he may be “on ice” for some time. On the other hand, he could
go back into sports talk.]
The statement about Keith Olbermann’s firing came without warning. The Last Word
With Lawrence O’Donnell will move to 8 PM weekdays on MSNBC, and The Rachel Maddow Show remaining at 9 PM, with The Ed Show starring Ed Schultz moving to 10 PM. The move is simultaneous with new owner Comcast starting to show its hand over the broadcast network and cable after receiving FCC approval. “He’s been very problematic,” an NBCU source told Deadline about Comcast’s attitude to Olbermann. Officially, the Comcast takeover is next week. But word has been circulating for months now that the new owners have wanted to “tinker” with MSNBC and had many changes in store, including a right turn for the left-wing cable channel so that it represents both political points of view more evenly. It is well known that both Comcast chief Brian Roberts and NBCU chief Steve Burke have donated heavily to the Republican party with Burke more recently donating money to a few Democrats as well as heavily to Republicans. Roberts was a co-chairman of the host committee at the 2000 Republican Convention while Burke raised at least $200,000 for George W Bush’s re-election campaign.