ESPN Signs Adam Amin to New Deal


ESPN has re-signed announcer Adam Amin to a multiyear deal. As part of the new agreement, Amin will continue calling college and professional games year-round across a variety of sports on both television and radio. The Chicago native, who began his career with ESPN at 24 years old, is already in his seventh year with …

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Sprout Network to Rebrand as Universal Kids


NEW YORK – NBCUniversal announced that Sprout, its preschool cable network, is rebranding to become Universal Kids this fall. Universal Kids is aiming to become the premier source for preschool programming as it expands its content to include DreamWorks Animation Television series, unscripted entertainment, live action scripted originals and proven international hits, extending its audience …

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Bravo to Launch Six New Shows


NEW YORK – Bravo Media has unveiled a slate of six new and 18 returning unscripted reality series to air on its cable channel. “Our fans look to us for a very unique brand of top quality unscripted content they simply cannot get anywhere else,” said Jerry Leo, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, Lifestyle Networks …

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Ryan Seacrest Named Co-Host of Live With Kelly Ripa


NEW YORK –– Ryan Seacrest, former host of American Idol, is joining Kelly Ripa as the permanent co-host on the top-rated, Emmy-winning “Live” franchise. Seacrest joined Ripa Monday morning on the newly named “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” The show is broadcast at ABC Studios on the Upper West Side at 9 a.m. weekday mornings. …

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ESPN Gives Pink Slip to 100 Staffers

Cable sports giant ESPN has laid off about 100 staffers including many on-air positions. Notable talent losing their jobs today include: NFL reporter Ed Werder Former NY Giant QB Danny Kanell Former Super Bowl winning QB Trent Dilfer Legal analyst Roger Cossack Sportscenter anchor Jaymee Sire College basketball analyst Len Elmore Sportscenter anchor Jay Crawford …

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ESPN Releases Monday Night Football Schedule


The 48th season of Monday Night Football will kick off on ESPN this fall with a doubleheader Monday, September 11 – New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (6:55 p.m. ET) and Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (10:15 p.m. / 7:15 p.m. PT). ESPN’s 17-game prime time schedule in 2017 will feature nine divisional matchups …

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Fox Adds 14 Stations to DIRECTV NOW

Fox Networks Group and AT&T announced the addition of 14 FOX-affiliated stations to the AT&T streaming service DIRECTV NOW for a total of 31 Designated Market Areas (DMAs) with live FOX programming and more stations will launch soon. The addition of these stations will allow DIRECTV NOW to bring live FOX entertainment programming and sports, …

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Food Network Star Returns in June


NEW YORK – Chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis return as mentors and judges on the 13th season of Food Network’s reality competition series Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, June 4th at 9pm. A total of 13 new competitors enter the kitchen to showcase their cooking and on-camera skills over 11 episodes, to prove …

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ESPN Names Michelle Beadle Full-Time NBA Countdown Host


ESPN has named Michelle Beadle as the full-time host of NBA Countdown on ABC and ESPN. Beadle will lead the company’s NBA pre-game and halftime shows, including for the NBA Finals on ABC. She will also host ESPN’s and ABC’s studio coverage throughout the NBA Playoffs, which includes ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the Western Conference Finals. She replaces Sage Steele, who will work on ESPN’s Sportscenter on the Road broadcasts. Beadle will also …

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Tony Romo to Join CBS as Lead NFL Analyst


Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo (photo above from Twitter) is retiring from football and will join CBS Sports as its lead NFL analyst, replacing Phil Simms this fall. The announcement was made by Sean McManus, Chairman of CBS Sports. Romo, who played for 14 years with the Dallas Cowboys, will join Jim Nantz and Tracy …

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NCAA Final Scores Double-Digit Ratings Increase


CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ coverage of last night’s NCAA National Championship between North Carolina and Gonzaga on CBS scored a 14.5/24 rating/share in the metered markets, up +21% from last year, and the third highest rating for the National Championship since 2005. The game peaked with a 17.4/33 rating/share from 11:30-11:45 PM, ET. North …

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Fox News to Hire Jillian Mele From Philly


Fox News Channel is hiring Jillian Mele from Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia to be a new host on its Fox and Friends First morning show. “We are proud of Jillian’s work on TCN and CSN over the past two years, and wish her the best as she embarks on the next phase of her career,” CSN …

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Stephen Colbert Takes Top Spot in First Quarter


THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on CBS was late night’s #1 program during the first quarter of 2017, according to Nielsen first quarter ratings. It’s a stunning turnaround for Colbert who trailed The Tonight Show on NBC hosted by Jimmy Fallon significantly since taking over for retired David Letterman in September 2015. For the …

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NBC to Broadcast Winter Games Live


For the first time ever at a Winter Olympics, NBC will broadcast all of its Olympic programming live across all time zones. Whether daytime, primetime or late night, all U.S. viewers will be able to watch NBC’s coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, at the same time. NBC has been …

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