ESPN afternoon chat shows "PTI" and "Around The Horn" will be produced in high definition (HD) starting next fall, company officials said Friday.
The two shows have been produced at D.C.-based Atlantic Video studios since coming on the air in 2001 and 2002, respectively. The shows' staffers were told that the shows would be moving to ABC News' studios, which also are located in D.C.
ABC News will construct the new sets in the coming months. ESPN put the production contracts out to bid earlier this month and received several bids, including one from Atlantic Video, which was hoping to keep the shows, a source said.
John Ourand is a reporter for Sports Business Journal.
Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption switching to HD broadcasts September 27 By Richard Lawler posted Sep 14th 2010 9:09PM Source: EngadgetHD
Sports fans were promised high definition versions of Pardon the Interruption and Around the Horn this fall, and it looks like we will get them. Not that we really need to see Jay Marriotti or Dan LeBatard in 720p, but beyond just expanding the Adande Lounge to 16:9, we should see more sports highlights in their highest quality as Tony Reali, host of ATH and Stat Boy on PTI tweeted yesterday they will both upgrade to HDTV-ready formats beginning September 27. No word yet on Jim Rome is Burning, but since that's filmed in LA at an entirely different facility it's tough to tell when ESPN might make its full afternoon lineup HD.