Texting Keith Olbermann

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A Death Threat A Week2019052520190526 (WS)

Keith regularly receives death threats. Does he ever regret the constant conflict?

Can a text relationship with one of America's legendary broadcasters take over your life?

The $8 Million Compromise2019060120190602 (WS)

Keith Olbermann is one of the very few journalists in history who've become multi-millionaires. Ros isn't. They explore where money fits into their definitions of success - and Keith reveals a story from 2008 involving the Republicans, MSNBC and an awful lot of money. He also has to explain why he sponsored the match ball at the tiny football club at the end of Ros' road in London - without Ros ever having mentioned it.

Keith reveals a story involving the Republicans, MSNBC and an awful lot of money

Can a text relationship with one of America's legendary broadcasters take over your life?

The Visit, Part One2019060820190609 (WS)

Ros heads to Keith's penthouse to meet the man behind the texts

Can a text relationship with one of America's legendary broadcasters take over your life?

The Visit, Part Two2019061520190616 (WS)

Ros gets a crash-course in American cable news as Keith flips through the channels

Can a text relationship with one of America's legendary broadcasters take over your life?

Ros gets a crash-course in American cable news as Keith flips through the channels

Can a text relationship with one of America's legendary broadcasters take over your life?

Why Me?2019051820190519 (WS)

Can a text relationship take over your life? One night in 2016, BBC News anchor Ros Atkins was retweeted by the legendary American broadcaster Keith Olbermann. The comment? “Thank God you’re back." Two years on, despite having never met, Keith and Ros were texting each other almost every day. Keith would send pictures of his dogs, the view from his Manhattan penthouse or the oysters that he was eating. He'd also send details of his latest ratings and thoughts on Ros' show. He even sponsored the match ball at the tiny football club at the end of Ros' road in London.

In Texting Keith Olbermann, Ros Atkins asks Keith what everyone was asking him: why is he doing it? And as Ros' wife realises he's texting Keith more than anyone apart from her, she has the same question for him. Two parallel conversations play out, as we hear funny, fascinating and sometimes awkward explorations of fame, money, death threats, being a TV anchor, and the backstories to some of the most notorious moments of Keith's career. We also find out what happens to this unconventional friendship when they meet in person.

Producer: Danielle Stephens
Artwork: Sam Gilbey

Can a text relationship take over your life?

Can a text relationship with one of America's legendary broadcasters take over your life?

'you Don't Even Really Know Him'2019062220190623 (WS)

Are Ros and Keith tiptoeing into a real friendship?

Can a text relationship with one of America's legendary broadcasters take over your life?

Are Ros and Keith tiptoeing into a real friendship?

Can a text relationship with one of America's legendary broadcasters take over your life?