The changes to ESPNews have begun.
Starting August 30, ESPNews will begin airing seven hours worth of live SportsCenters each weekday — from 3-6 PM and from 7-11 PM. Combined with the live telecasts on ESPN, this means SportsCenter will be on the air live each day from 9-12 AM.
The only hour that will not feature a live or delayed SportsCenter will be 12-1 AM.
Cindy Brunson and Robert Flores will host the 3-6 PM ESPNews block, while Kevin Negandhi and Linda Cohn will host from 8-11 PM. The anchors of the 6 PM SportsCenter on ESPN will also anchor the 7 PM hour on ESPNews.
Regular ESPNews studio programming will continue during the rest of the day.
This comes little more than a week after ESPN’s John Skipper told the Houston Chronicle that ESPNews was becoming “less useful” and its audience was “in decline.” In that interview, Skipper said ESPN was working on both ESPNews and ESPN Classic and would have “something to announce” within weeks.