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Revolving Door: Olbermann, ESPN, ‘GQ,’ and More

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Keith Olbermann has been bringing a lot of attention to himself and Current TV with the debut of the latest iteration of Countdown. The ratings for the first episode were an impressive 179,000 for the 25-54 age group, which surpassed CNN and pleased Olbermann. The PR continued this week with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Some noted that Olbermann used his new Current TV gig to criticize his former colleagues. “It may seem like score settling, but that’s part of the Olbermann brand. Successful TV talk hosts are able to meld their personalities and their material,” notes Time today.  ”Olbermann’s gift on Countdown has been to turn his ‘me against the Man’ attitude into an ‘us against the Man’ mantra as he enjoins his audience to resist corporate power.”

After the jump, some more of this week’s major media moves.

Lindsay Czarniak has been named anchor and host at ESPN. She had been sports anchor at NBC 4 in Washington, D.C. (TVSpy)

Mary Kaye Schilling has been named senior articles editor at GQ. She had been culture editor at New York. (FBNY)

Chris Dinan has been named senior producer at World News with Diane Sawyer at ABC News. He had been senior broadcast producer at CBS Evening News. (TVNewser)

Amanda Katz has been named deputy editor at The Boston Globe‘s “Ideas” section. She had been books columnist there. (mb)

Miguel Helft has been named senior writer at Fortune. He had been covering Internet companies at The New York Times. (FBNY)

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