It may be tough times for the unemployed across America, but at least one network is on a hiring drive, the AP reports. ESPN is looking to fill 200 new jobs at its Bristol, Conn., campus.
The hiring is related to Connecticut’s “First Five” program, which combines state tax credits to encourage businesses to create jobs. The jobs will be connected to a new digital technology building the network is constructing, and will be added over a period of five years.
According to Ed Durso, executive vice president for ESPN, the 200 new jobs exceed what the company originally envisioned.
“I think it’s significant,” Durso said. “These kinds of projects, you’re looking for every nickel and we have to justify to our corporate parent what we’re spending and why. And if we can add to that mix the support that we get from the state, every bit counts.”
The jobs will be in programming, sales, marketing, research and administrative support.