Burke Magnus promoted to ESPN SVP, college sports programming

Burke Magnus has been promoted to ESPN senior vice president, college sports programming. Chuck Gerber, who has served numerous capacities with ESPN since 1993, most recently executive vice president, college sports programming, will retire from the company effective April 11. Magnus previously served as vice president and general manager, ESPNU.

In recent years as head of ESPN’s college sports programming, Gerber has been instrumental in securing long-term agreements with several conferences including the Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East. He has been a key driver in the continued success of ESPNU and ESPN Regional Television and has fostered strong relationships with many other college sports leaders such as NCAA and conference executives.

In his new role, Magnus will be responsible for the strategic direction of college football, college basketball and NCAA Championships on the various ESPN platforms. That includes the acquiring and scheduling of programming across ESPN on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com, ESPN Classic and more. He will also manage the company’s relationships with college rightsholders, such as the NCAA and conferences.

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