Jim Brady Named ESPN Public Editor

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The former Washington Post online sports editor fills the post formerly known as ombudsman amid high profile exits and layoffs at Walt Disney's powerhouse sports network.

ESPN has hired former Washington Post online sports editor Jim Brady as its public editor.

He replaces Robert Lipsyte in the post formerly known as ombudsman, and has signed up for an 18-month term starting Sept. 15. Brady will serve as the bridge between ESPN and the public after lay offs and high-profile exits at Walt Disney's powerhouse sports network.

He will critique and analyze ESPN's programming and news coverage on the TV, digital, print and audio platforms. Brady will also have a column on ESPN.com, do podcasts, communicate on social media and respond as issues around ESPN coverage arise.

His predecessor, Lipsyte, was busy as public editor, after Bill Simmons, Keith Olbermann and Colin Cowherd were let go and Grantland was shuttered. The sports channel more recently eliminated 300 jobs as part of a reorganization.

Brady will continue as CEO of Spirited Media, which operates the mobile news platform Billy Penn in Philadelphia. "To me, ESPN has always been one of the most fascinating media companies on the planet," he said in a statement on Friday.

"This made serving as public editor too good an opportunity to pass up. I look forward to getting started," Brady added. The digital media veteran has also served as both sports editor and then executive editor of WashingtonPost.com, and before that was sports editor of Digital Ink.

"We are updating the title to 'public editor' to better reflect the goal of transparency and advocacy for fans, especially in this increasingly multimedia world," Patrick Stiegman, vp and editorial director for ESPN Digital & Print Media, said Friday in his own statement.

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