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[04/21/08 - 11:24 AM]
Tom Bergeron Hosts "The 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee" Final Rounds When They Air on Abc, Live in Primetime, Friday, May 30
Preliminary championship rounds will air live earlier in the day on ESPN, which has televised the Bee in its entirety since 1994.

[via press release from ABC]

TOM BERGERON HOSTS "THE 2008 SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE" FINAL ROUNDS WHEN THEY AIR ON ABC, LIVE IN PRIMETIME, FRIDAY, MAY 30

Erin Andrews of ESPN is Correspondent for ABC and ESPN Broadcast; Chris McKendry Hosts ESPN Portion

Emmy Award-winning Tom Bergeron ("Dancing with the Stars," "America's Funniest Home Videos") hosts live television coverage of the final championship rounds of "The 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee," FRIDAY, MAY 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), live from Washington, DC. Preliminary championship rounds will air live earlier in the day on ESPN, which has televised the Bee in its entirety since 1994. ESPN's live telecast (simulcast on ESPN360.com) is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., ET. ESPN360.com will provide coverage of the quarterfinal rounds from 2:00-5:30 p.m., ET on Thursday, May 29 on ESPN 360.com. ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews will be a correspondent for both the ABC and ESPN broadcasts.

Can you spell u-b-i-q-u-i-t-o-u-s? With his ready wit and impeccable timing, Tom Bergeron is one of television's most valuable players, and, when "Dancing with the Stars" is on the air, he has the most primetime hours on TV of any host. In addition to hosting DWTS and AFHV on ABC, he is a special correspondent for "Good Morning America" and produces and hosts the new series "Supper Club" for Planet Green in June. In the past, his hosting duties have included the TV stalwarts the "Miss America Pageant," "The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" and "Hollywood Squares."

Also new to this year's Bee is correspondent Erin Andrews, who has reported for many ESPN broadcasts since joining the network in 2004, including coverage of Major League Baseball, the Little League World Series, college football, college basketball, college world series, NHL and others.

"SportsCenter" anchor Chris McKendry returns to host the ESPN portion of the broadcast again this year. McKendry has served as an anchor for "SportsCenter," ESPN's flagship news and information program, since joining the network in July 1996. She has also worked on a variety of other assignments, such as hosting ESPN's coverage of X Games and sideline reporting for ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports' telecasts of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation's largest and longest running educational promotion, is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and 280 local sponsors. The majority of local spelling bee sponsors are daily and weekly newspapers. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve spelling, increase vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all of their lives.

About 288 champion spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, will be competing this year for the National Spelling Bee Championship. Spellers participating in the national competition qualify by winning locally sponsored spelling bees in their home communities.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held each year in Washington DC, will begin on Thursday May 29, featuring top spellers from across the U.S. and will include competitors from Europe, Guam, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, American Samoa, Canada, Ghana, New Zealand and South Korea. The opening rounds of the Bee on May 29 are not televised, but real-time results for that portion, and all segments of competition are provided via the Internet at the Bee's official website, www.spellingbee.com.

"The 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee" is a production of ESPN, in association with ABC Entertainment. The executive producer is Jed Drake, and the director is Doug Holmes. The producer is David Winner and the coordinating producer is Tim Weinkauf.

The program will be broadcast in HDTV with stereo sound. A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate. (CLOSED CAPTIONED)





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