One of the most popular faces of ESPN will remain with the cable channel with a new multiyear agreement. ESPN announced that Michelle Beadle has reached terms on a new deal to remain as co-host of “SportsNation” along with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley.
Connor Schell, senior vice president, ESPN Original Content, said in the announcement: “Michelle is truly one of the most authentic voices in sports and the connection fans have with her is something she has earned through the enthusiasm and insight she brings to her job every day. Michelle is a tremendous talent within the ESPN family and will play an important role in the evolution of ‘SportsNation’ going forward.”
The announcement adds: “In addition to her ‘SportsNation’ duties, Beadle will join ESPN senior writer — and ‘SportsNation’ and espnW contributor — Ramona Shelburne for their new national radio show called ‘Beadle & Shelburne.’ The new radio show will premiere Feb. 14, airing noon-2 p.m. ET from ESPNLA 710’s Los Angeles studios.”
Said Beadle: “I feel genuinely fortunate to work with so many friends and talented people at ESPN, who make every day such fun. I think that joy is evident to our viewers, and why I am particularly excited to be here for the next several years.”
The announcement also notes: “Beginning Feb. 8, ‘SportsNation’ will move to the 4 p.m. ET slot on ESPN, joining an established weekday programming lineup of debate, discussion and opinion shows such as ‘Highly Questionable’ at 4:30 p.m., ‘Around the Horn’ at 5 p.m. and ‘Pardon the Interruption’ at 5:30 p.m. In its new slot, ‘SportsNation’ will evolve into a 30-minute format and will continue to be produced by senior coordinating producer Kevin Wildes and coordinating producer Richelle Markazene.”