ESPNews (word origin: grammatical blend of ESPN and news, spoken as "ESPN news" and trademarked as "ESPNEWS"), launched on November 1, 1996, is a 24-hour-a-day sports news television channel produced by the sports network ESPN. It airs news, highlights, press conferences, and commentary by analysts all in relation to sports.
The network is also simulcast on ESPN during coverage of major breaking sports news during the daytime hours that are not covered by SportsCenter, and a highlights rundown with the network's overnight anchor is one of the segments on ABC's early morning newscast, America This Morning.
It is somewhat known as the "minor leagues" of ESPN, as many current SportsCenter anchors started on the lower-level ESPNews.
ESPNews's "bottom line"—a small rectangular area at the bottom 1/5th of the screen flashing scores—is more in-depth on the one airing on ESPN's other networks. It contains not only scores but also statistics and brief news alerts about the day's happenings in sports. It also remains on screen during commercial breaks. This particular BottomLine was re-designed as the network was re-launched on 2008-03-30.
On 2006-11-01, ESPNews' 10-year anniversary included a montage of highlights covered the past 10 years in sports and aired SportsCenter at 11pm-midnight ET the same day. The network airs SportsCenter on nights ESPN and ESPN2 are scheduled to overrun their respective programming, mainly past the 11pm-midnight ET timeslot, or during college football season where all three-four ESPN networks (including ESPN Classic and ESPNU) are airing games.
XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio both have a channel which simulcasts the audio of ESPNews, with the network's television advertisements replaced with radio ads from each service. On 2008-02-04, XM re-branded it's channel to "ESPN Xtra and added radio programs from local ESPN Radio affiliates as well as the audio simulcast of ESPNews.
ESPNews simulcast ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning from 2004-05; the show moved to ESPN2 in 2006, but it still airs on ESPNEWS occasionally when live sports events (such as tennis' French Open or Wimbledon) air on ESPN2.
On March 30 2008, at 8:00 a.m. EDT, ESPNews began broadcasting in high-definition from a new state-of-the-art studio inside ESPN's Building 4 Newsroom. A new control room built in ESPN's Digital Center functions as the nerve center for the new network. ESPNEWS HD is unique amoung HD channels as it is not simply a simulcast of the standard definition channel made available in wide screen. The layout and graphics are reworked spesifically for viewing on a HDTV, offering additional content not available on the standard definition ESPNEWS feed.. There are reworked HD sideline graphics, a descendant of the "Rundown" used in overnight versions of SportsCenter on ESPN, which wraps around the top left and bottom of the HD screen. The HD Sideline offers the display of textual information, headshots, news, and scores, while still delivering video highlights in the HD format. ESPNews is broadcast with a new set. The ESPNews theme song was remixed.