CNN Hires Rachel Nichols, ESPN Reporter, For New Sports Show

CNN is getting a sports show.

The network announced Thursday that it has hired ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols to anchor a weekend sports program. Nichols will also be a reporter for CNN and Turner Sports. CNN did not say when exactly her show would start.

The new show fits in with new CNN chief Jeff Zucker's stated mission to vary the kinds of programming seen on CNN.

Speaking just after his hiring was announced, Zucker told reporters that he wanted to "broaden the definition of what news is" on the network. He echoed that theme in a memo to staff about Nichols, writing, "As you know, I am committed to offering a more varied set of programs and reporting on CNN and a new sports beat is an important component of that. My hope is that our air increasingly reflects the broad range of interests that we all share."

Before Zucker's arrival, CNN hired filmmaker Morgan Spurlock and food personality Anthony Bourdain as additional weekend hosts.



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