ESPN is shaking up its lineup as it continues to struggle to find a wider audience in the critical morning daypart. Variety reports that the sports net has “a radical new game plan” for its morning sports talk program “Get Up!”
“The Walt Disney-owned network said co-host Michelle Beadle, one of its most colorful and distinctive personalities, would leave the program as of August 29, and move to Los Angeles to focus more intently on her other duties at ESPN as the host of its popular ‘NBA Countdown,'” Variety reports.
The report notes that “NBA Countdown” had originated from Los Angeles before it moved to New York to accommodate Beadle’s new morning duties along with those of “Get Up” co-host Jalen Rose.
Rose is expected to continue working on “Get Up” when “he has no ‘NBA Countdown’ responsibilities in Los Angeles,” ESPN said.
Variety adds: “ESPN will also cut ‘Get Up’ to two hours from three, ceding the 7 a.m. time slot to its venerable ‘SportsCenter’ and leaving ‘Get Up’ host Mike Greenberg to continue with the program along with a bevy of guest contributors. Heading into football season, the program is expected to drill down on pigskin, enlisting the aid of ESPN’s top NFL and college football commentators.”