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    Scripps National Spelling Bee Shifts From ESPN To ION And Bounce

    After airing on ESPN for the past 27 years, Scripps National Spelling Bee There will be a new TV house within EW Scripps Corporate fold.

    The popular tournament will be shown in 2022 ion And bounce, two free over-the-air networks operated by Scripps. In an announcement, the company said the Switch would make Bee “accessible to the widest audience in its nearly 100-year history.” Next year’s competition is scheduled for June 2.

    For ESPN, The Spelling Bee was a bizarre extension of its core sports programming when it entered the network’s lineup in 1994. Over time, it earned an annual place in American popular culture, featuring the exploits of contestants featured alongside the NBA playoffs. and Major League Baseball.

    Scripps acquires ION for $2.65 billion In a deal involving Berkshire Hathaway that closed earlier this year. It is a broadcasting network generally known for airing syndicated shows. Bounce TV has an African-American focus and a slate of originals with acquired fares. It began as a multicast network, one of several acquired or launched by Scripps using broadcast spectrum, freed up two decades ago as a result of the industry’s transition to high-definition technology.

    According to Scripps, both networks are available in approximately 120 million TV homes.

    “The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a beloved American treasure that is enjoyed annually by generations of participants and viewers. The time is right to bring the coveted contest back to broadcast television, media platforms nationwide,” said Adam Simson, Scripps President and CEO. is available for free to nearly every American viewer in the U.S..” As Bee’s viewership expands through the diverse and rapidly growing audiences of ION and Bounce, it is better to associate with the next generation of viewing spellers. is in position.”

    The competition, which started in 1925, was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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