Bill Dallman Tapped as Fox Sports 1 VP/News Director

Will Manage Newsgathering Operation and Oversee Editorial Format for 'Fox Sports Live'

Fox Sports announced Thursday that Bill Dallman will serve as VP and news director for Fox Sports 1, the national cable sports network debuting Aug. 17.

Dallman's primary focus will be to oversee the editorial format of Fox Sports Live, the net's flagship news program. He will also manage the newsgathering operations, working with Fox affiliates and its bevy of regional sports networks. He will report to Rick Jaffe, senior VP of news.

Dallman has most previously served in the same capacity for Fox-owned KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

"Bill is a tremendous addition to the news group and we are very excited to have someone with his expertise involved with Fox Sports 1," said Jaffe.  "Bill is not only a great news man, but a creative thinker who will bring a different perspective to traditional sports coverage.''

Fox has been vigorously staffing up for Fox Sports Live, which it hopes will compete with ESPN's SportsCenter. Dallman's appointment joines other announced hires: Andy Roddick as cohost; Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole as the primary highlight team; Don Bell as anchor; and Molly McGrath and Julie Stewart-Binks serving as update desk and breaking news correspondents. 

It is expected that Charissa Thompson, who cohosts ESPN's SportsNation, will be named as Roddick's cohost.