Revolving door at NBC Sports Philadelphia is typical, according to organization’s leaders
The door keeps opening and closing at NBC Sports Philadelphia — with personnel changes a regular occurrence. At least that’s what the company line is.
“I’m not going to discuss individuals but in general, people leave for different reasons,” said David Preschlack, a former Disney and ESPN executive who joined Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA) property NBC Sports in January 2016 as president of its regional networks. “Some chose to resign or don’t fit with what we are trying to do. There are lots of factors involved. For the strategy we are trying to execute, we need people who can work across all platforms,” said the Stamford, Conn.-based NBCSports leader. “If you are going to hire someone in just one space, you are leaving a lot on the table,” writes Jeff Blumenthal in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
NBC Sports Philadelphia has undergone a great deal of change in recent years — parting ways with original on air hosts Neil Hartman, Leslie Gudel, Ron Burke and Dei Lynam and most recently, 10-year veteran Marshall Harris. His replacement, 25-year-old Taryn Hatcher, was described in a press release as a multi-platform host and reporter focused primarily on its website.
The station also replaced Andy Schwartz, who ran NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com since the network’s inception as Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia in August 1997, with Vox Media veteran Travis Hughes. It chose not to renew the contracts of 76ers insider Jessica Camerato, Flyers insider Tim Panaccio and 76ers sideline reporter Molly Sullivan. Hosts Sarah Baicker and Jillian Mele departed soon after the cancellation of the short-lived morning show Breakfast on Broad. And several key personnel behind the scenes left as well. There has also been an enhanced emphasis on game coverage and analysis and less focus on news and highlights.
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