Al Jazeera America, set to launch Aug. 20, announced Tuesday that Neal Scarbrough and Jeff Green have been hired as top producers of sports programming.
“Neal and Jeff have decades of experience and a passion for all sports from the biggest NFL or NBA game to youth soccer or the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. We are excited to have them join the channel,” said Shannon High-Bassalik, senior vice president, documentaries and programs for Al Jazeera America.
Mr. Scarbrough comes from Comcast as vice president of digital media for the Versus Sports Network (now NBC Sports Network) and will serve as senior executive producer for Al Jazeera sports programming.
“Al Jazeera America will feature one-of-a-kind sports coverage that will be perfect for both news junkies and passionate sports fans,” he said in a statement released by the channel. “The weekly show we’re developing will delve into the top stories across sports and deliver new faces and places to American fans.”
Before joining the channel, Mr. Green was the supervising producer of special events at Current TV. He will serve under Mr. Scarbrough as executive producer of sports programming.
“I have been a fan of Al Jazeera for many years,” he said. “The chance to help bring its unique, comprehensive storytelling style to the U.S. and to the world of sports was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
According to the statement, Al Jazeera America will feature regular sports updates, interviews and features throughout the day. An weekly sports magazine show will begin by year’s end, and a second weekend sports show is planned for 2014.