Just in time for the Summer Olympics in Beijing in August, ESPN plans to replace the morning reruns of "SportsCenter” with a new live version of the show, airing 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Headlining the show will be new anchor Hannah Storm, a former NBC sportscaster who spent five years on CBS' "The Early Show.” Three anchor teams will work three-hour segments: 5 to 8 a.m., 8 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Storm will work the 8 to 11 a.m. edition, which will include her interviews with sports personalities and previews of that day's games. Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, said "SportsCenter” needed to be live to keep up with breaking news and to provide more analysis. "There is a 24-hour demand for sports news,” Williamson said. "It made perfect sense that our signature franchise be live.” Williamson said the show still would be driven by its staple of providing highlights, scores, analysis and opinion "in an entertaining way.” Storm, 45, who lives in Connecticut with her three daughters and husband, NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks, said she was excited about returning to sports. She said she received other offers, including one to be a reporter for CBS News. "It's something that I grew up with, that I'm fascinated with,” she said. "It's part of a fabric of my life. I am a real advocate of sports for girls and young people.” In August, ESPN plans to launch www.sportscenter.com to allow viewers the opportunity to interact with the show and its commentators. Anchors are expected to be blogging during breaks in the show. Next April, ESPN also plans to launch a late-night edition of "SportsCenter” from a new facility in Los Angeles. At the same time, the network plans to renovate its Bristol, Conn., studio set.
New ESPN anchor will headline a live morning SportsCenter