Veteran ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols has departed for CNN/Turner Sports, where she will anchor CNN’s first sports-related program in twelve years.
Nichols will make her CNN/Turner debut next week, covering the lead-up to Super Bowl XLVII. She will handle a “wide variety of assignments” on Turner Sports’ properties, including the NBA, Major League Baseball and, presumably, the NCAA Tournament.
The most intriguing aspect of Nichols’ move is the new weekend sports program she will anchor on CNN later in the year. The show will be the first regularly scheduled sports program on CNN since the network canceled “Sports Tonight” in 2001.
CNN, retooling under new president Jeff Zucker, is branching out beyond the traditional cable news mix of non-stop politics (with breaks for scandals and tragedy).
Nichols had been with ESPN since 2004. Prior to joining the network, she spent eight years with The Washington Post.
(Thursday’s news from Turner Sports press release)