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.