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ESPN Promotes Elle Duncan to 6 p.m. SportsCenter; Sage Steele Moves to Noon Time Slot, Gets ESPN+ Show

ESPN is tinkering with the anchor lineup for its signature studio show SportsCenter.

Elle Duncan is being promoted to the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter (the flagship hour) on weekdays with Kevin Negandhi, while Sage Steele will move from 6 p.m. to the noon hour alongside Matt Barrie on Mondays-Thursdays, the network announced Tuesday.

Why the move?

“We have a very talented and diverse set of voices on SportsCenter and a deep lineup of quality individuals who make up the team,” ESPN evp Norby Williamson said in a statement. “As we turn the page to 2021, we’re doing what we have always done – providing new opportunities for some anchors to experience different shows and pairings while offering continuity and familiarity to our viewers with other editions.”

Duncan is currently on maternity leave, and will join Negandhi upon her planned return in February. During her time at ESPN, Duncan has

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ESPN promotes Elle Duncan to evening ‘SportsCenter,’ moves Sage Steele to daytime [Video]

ESPN announced another talent shakeup on Tuesday.

Anchor Elle Duncan, who has been on maternity leave, will take over for Sage Steele on the 6 p.m. ET “SportsCenter” alongside Kevin Negandhi. Steele will move to the noon “SportsCenter” slot in Duncan’s former role alongside Matt Barrie. The move will take place after the College Football Playoff in mid-January.

The swap is another maneuver spearheaded by ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson, who oversaw a recent network radio shakeup that pushed the network toward more of a strict sports focus and away from pop culture and politics. The altered radio lineup cut an hour off of Dan LeBatard’s show and played a role in his recent decision to leave the network amid creative differences with the network.

Williamson addressed the “SportsCenter” swap in the network’s announcement Tuesday.

“We have a very talented and diverse set of voices on SportsCenter and a

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