As expected, ESPN has announced that veteran television executive Don Ohlmeyer will become the network’s new ombudsman.
Ohlmeyer will serve an 18-month term.
“Few people on the planet could bring to the role of ESPN ombudsman more credentials, intelligence, a track record of success and the fearlessness to speak his mind than Don Ohlmeyer,” ESPN executive vice president and executive editor John A. Walsh said in a release. “He is a noted maverick in the industry with a vast understanding of media, and we look forward to his contributions.”
Unlike his predecessors, who came from the newspaper business, Ohlmeyer has a distinguished and extensive career in television, with 16 Emmys on his mantle.
Like his predecessors, Ohlmeyer will write only one column per month.
We’ve previously suggested that, given the size and scope of ESPN, the network should use a full-time, real-time ombudsman, who would offer immediate constructive criticism of the various print, online, radio, and TV offerings.