Pitaro will have little time to settle into his new role with the launch of ESPN+, its in-house subscription streaming service, demanding immediate attention ahead of its looming launch this spring. A key component of the ESPN app it will collate all ESPN’s digital offerings such as news, scores and highlights.
Expressing pride at his elevation Pitaro wrote: “As a passionate and lifelong sports fan, I am honored to be joining the ESPN team during such a pivotal time in its storied history. The appetite for quality sports content across platforms has never been greater, and I am looking forward to working with the talented ESPN team as we continue to redefine the future fan experience."
Pitaro’s arrival at ESPN follows the departure of John Skipper, a veteran of six years in the post, who resigned at the end of last year to tackle a substance addiction. Over the intervening period George Bodenheimer has served as acting chairman.