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Sports talk show host Rome leaves ESPN for CBS

POSTED January 11, 2012 10:45 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Rome, with his 2 million radio listeners, is bringing a well-established attraction to CBS’s networks.
The sports talk show host will have a half-hour weekday show on cable channel CBS Sports Network called “Rome” starting in April, CBS said Wednesday.
“Thousands of people do interviews on television every day, but Jim is an instantaneously recognizable and unique personality,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said. “There aren’t that many unique personalities like that in our business.”
Rome will also host a sports and entertainment series on Showtime beginning late this year and contribute to CBS’s coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open tennis.
Rome called Showtime “a creative, dynamic network allowing me to host and create something completely original and fresh.” The CBS appearances will be “a realization of a lifelong dream.”

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