ESPN is interested in ;hiring more women and people of color ;for on-air roles, according to a Sporting News report on Monday. This is what John Wildhack, ESPN’s EVP of programming and production, told SN’s Michael McCarthy. “You’ll continue to see us lead the way in diversity in front of the camera,” Wildhack said. “We’re proud of the progress that we’ve made there. And we’re going to continue to build on that progress.” The network has seen numerous individuals, ;such as Bomani Jones (co-host of “Highly Questionable”) and Michael Smith and Jemele Hill (both co-hosts of “His and Hers”), thrive …

ESPN is interested in ;hiring more women and people of color ;for on-air roles, according to a Sporting News report on Monday.

This is what John Wildhack, ESPN’s EVP of programming and production, told SN’s Michael McCarthy.

“You’ll continue to see us lead the way in diversity in front of the camera,” Wildhack said. “We’re proud of the progress that we’ve made there. And we’re going to continue to build on that progress.”

The network has seen numerous individuals, ;such as Bomani Jones (co-host of “Highly Questionable”) and Michael Smith and Jemele Hill (both co-hosts of “His and Hers”), thrive on a number of ESPN’s platforms, including on-air television work.

The aforementioned Hill, Jessica Mendoza (play-by-play for Sunday Night baseball) and Wendi Nix (analyst for Sunday NFL Countdown) are just some of the more notable women to have increased roles with the company.

As McCarthy noted, ESPN was able to get Rachel Nichols to re-sign with the company after working with CNN and Turner Sports.

A drastic change in the sports media landscape is needed and these possible hires will be steps in the right direction.

;

Also on HuffPost:

— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.



Follow this link:  

ESPN Getting Serious About Diversifying Their On-Air Talent