ESPN shuffles sports, news leadership

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ESPN shifted the responsibilities and titles of top sports and news executives in a consolidation of its programming and production operations, reports Broadcasting & Cable’s Tom Baysinger.

News Director Vince Doria plans to retire early next year and his responsibilities will move to Craig Bengtson, vice president/director of news. Doria will report to Rob King, SportsCenter and news senior vice president, who shifts from digital and print to oversee the SportsCenter and newsgathering operations. King is a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board.


Patrick Stiegman, vice president for editorial digital and print media, will take over King’s responsibilities running ESPN’s digital and print editorial operations. Stiegman reports to John Kosner, executive vice president of digital and print media.

Other changes as reported by Capital New York’s Alex Weprin:

John Wildhack will serve as executive vice president of programming and production, while Norby Williamson will become executive vice president of production, program scheduling and development. Both men will report to ESPN president John Skipper.

SportsBusiness Daily reports no one was fired as a result of the consolidation.

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