Keith Olbermann broke the news last night (below) that Olbermann will be shifting to 5 p.m. ET beginning on Sept. 8.
While I will miss his show in the evenings, when I tend to watch most of my TV, the shift makes sense. Too often Olbermann has been plagued by inconsistent start times due to various live events running long on ESPN2. Now he will be in a regular slot.
The show also will go from an hour to 30 minutes. Again, another good move. He won’t have as many highlights with the show airing in the afternoon. Also, I believe all sports studio programs work better in a condensed format.
Also as part of this shift, Outside The Lines will air after Olbermann at 5:30 ET. The combination of Olbermann and Bob Ley gives ESPN2 a pretty formidable 1-2 punch during that hour.
And finally, the move frees up Olbermann to return to his old stomping grounds on SportsCenter. The network said he will have occasional host duties around major news and events throughout the year.
All in all, Olbermann proves you can go home again.