“His & Hers” Anchors Michael Smith and Jemele Hill to Take Over ESPN’s 6 PM “SportsCenter” as Co-Hosts

Michael Smith, Jemele Hill Will Take
ESPN’s Michael Smith and Jemele Hill (photo via Variety.com)

article by Brian Steinberg via Variety.com

ESPN’s early-evening edition of “SportsCenter” will soon become a “His & Hers” affair.

Michael Smith and Jemele Hill, who have co-hosted “His & Hers” on ESPN2 since June of 2013 and the show was known under a different title, will take the hosting reins at ESPN’s 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” on February 6, 2017, the day after Super Bowl LI.

They will replace the broadcast’s current anchor, Lindsay Czarniak, who  will go on maternity leave in early November and return next year in a new role that will be announced later. Both hosts have signed new, multi-year deals with the Walt Disney-owned sports network.

Smith and Hill will place emphasis on putting sports headlines in context, King said. “By 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the West Coast, we understand that audiences have pretty much come across the headlines that have happened in the course of a day, either through social content, or through mobile or digital content,” said King. “What they actually really need is a sense of why it matters, and a sense of context, as opposed to just news.”

The format of the new “SportsCenter” edition is expected to be more conversational, and feature commentary and opinion from Hill and Smith. The show will continue to set up big sports events of the night with newsmaker and analyst interviews.

“His & Hers” has its roots in a podcast the two hosts continue to produce. Their ESPN2 show was originally known as “Numbers Never Lie,” and was co-hosted by Smith and Charissa Thompson, The idea was to dazzle fantasy-sports fans with stats and analytics. Over time, the program evolved and Smith and Hill hit upon a unique chemistry that King says will be very evident on ESPN at 6 p.m. “We think it’s a pretty good model to match up a unique point of view, a unique voice, with a time of day,” he said.

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5 thoughts on ““His & Hers” Anchors Michael Smith and Jemele Hill to Take Over ESPN’s 6 PM “SportsCenter” as Co-Hosts”

  1. Perfect! Well-deserved promotion for their brand of ‘Sports talkabout’ show. I especially like listening to Jemele on the Sports Reporters. Her views on the Sports Reporters are as engaging as Lupica’s, Albom, or anyone on the panel. She fits in well and holds her own with the old-timers on the show.

  2. Why is this news and why is it posted before the FLOTUS story. Once again another digital media outlet has lost its focus. This isn’t even news worthy let alone worthy enough to be ahead of the FLOTUS bringing education to underserved and oppressed women around the world.

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