ESPN News Anchor Will Selva has been suspended for an indefinite amount of time for plagiarizing portions of a newspaper article and using it for his TV broadcast. Selva lifted portions of an article about the San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Lakers game by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register without permission and without giving credit.
Fanhouse reports that Selva has been an anchor at ESPN for three years, with his main duties on the “Highlight Express.” Selva said he copied and pasted a few paragraphs from Ding’s article into his script, with the intention of going back and writing his own words. Selva forgot to rewrite his script, and read a portion of Ding’s article on air.
Selva issued an apology:
“I made a horrible mistake and I’m deeply sorry. I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN’s. I sincerely apologize for my sloppiness, especially to Kevin Ding, viewers and colleagues. In my 15 years in broadcast journalism, nothing like this has ever happened and I will make every effort to ensure it won’t happen again.”
Selva’s plagiarism was first noticed by Ding himself, he called out the ESPN anchor in a blog post. Ding wrote:
Here is Kevin Ding’s original post:
Hey, Will Selva of ESPNEWS. Glad you liked my last column so much. Try not to plagiarize it next time.