Former ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann will guest host studio coverage on MLB Network next week. In other news, a former ESPN executive may take the reins at CNN, and ESPN host Trey Wingo is reportedly dropping women’s college basketball duties.
- Olbermann to Guest Host MLB Network Show: Former ESPN anchor and “Football Night in America” co-host Keith Olbermann will guest host “Hot Stove” on MLB Network next Tuesday and Wednesday, TV Newser reported Friday. Olbermann, once a cable news personality, maintains a blog on MLB.com and has made previous appearances on MLB Network. (TV Newser)
- Shapiro Candidate For CNN Job: Former ESPN Senior VP/Programming & Production Mark Shapiro is a candidate to take the top job at beleaguered cable news channel CNN, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. During his ESPN tenure, Shapiro pioneered the debate format in sports television (“Pardon the Interruption” and “Around the Horn”), developed a wide range of non-sports programming (including movies, scripted series, reality shows, morning shows, and tabloid news), and hired hired Rush Limbaugh as an analyst for “Sunday NFL Countdown.” (Los Angeles Times)
- No More Women’s College Hoops For Wingo: ESPN host Trey Wingo will no longer anchor the network’s women’s college basketball coverage, Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday. Wingo, who hosted Women’s NCAA Tournament coverage for ESPN since 2006, will be replaced by Kevin Negandhi and outgoing anchor Cindy Brunson. (Sports Illustrated)