ESPN Anchor Suspended for Plagiarism

by | January 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM | TV News

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BRISTOL, Conn. — An ESPN anchor has apologized for taking copy from a newspaper column and passing it off as his own.

ESPNews anchor Will Selva apologized Wednesday for using words from a column by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register to narrate highlights of the Los Angeles Lakers’ game Tuesday night against San Antonio.

The network says Selva came across the story while researching local stories to use as background. He pasted the story into his script, but never wrote his own words before reading it on air.

Selva says he “made a horrible mistake” in a statement put out by ESPN. Spokesman Josh Krulewitz says Selva called Ding to express remorse.

Krulewitz didn’t say if Selva was suspended, but said “we’ve taken appropriate action.”

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