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Don Ohlmeyer Pens Last Column As ESPN Ombudsman
Published January 28, 2011
long-awaited editorial guidelines
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK: Ohlmeyer wrote his tenure as ESPN Ombudsman has "been a fascinating 18 months" that has "been a challenge at times." He added, "I want to apologize for the spotty presence of this column the past six months. I've been dealing with some health issues that have prevented me from meeting some of my deadlines in that time. I appreciate your patience and ongoing correspondence, and want to thank ESPN management for its understanding." That ESPN "runs as well as it does is a tribute to talented professionals who truly seem devoted to their tasks." Ohlmeyer: "After 40 years in the business, I have an appreciation of the intricacies and difficulties of what ESPN is trying to accomplish. There is plenty to criticize in Bristol, but in some respects I marvel at how well the company presents its product on so many varied platforms." There are "undoubtedly some inside ESPN who question whether it makes sense for the company to distribute a column that basically critiques and criticizes the network." But Ohlmeyer wrote it is "important for ESPN to have someone from the outside with open access to the people on the inside, posing questions and demanding answers that have been raised by viewers" (ESPN.com, 1/27).