Fusion to Model Young Turks Show on ESPN’s ‘College Game Day’

Progressive political brand and youth TV network are teaming up for the run-up to November’s general election

Fusion is bringing progressive online political network The Young Turks (TYT) to television in an attempt to bolster the youth network’s coverage of the 2016 presidential election.

The Young Turks, along with a group of Fusion reporters, will travel to college campuses around the country to highlight specific issues for 12 weeks, starting on Sept. 5. A Fusion insider compared the show to ESPN’s “College GameDay,” only for politics.

“Fusion’s goal is to continue elevating the issues that matter to this diverse, emerging generation of young people. The Young Turks and their distinct, passionate voices will be a valuable addition to our coverage of this unconventional and consequential election cycle,” Fusion CCO and co-president Daniel Eilemberg said.

ESPN’s “College GameDay,” after which the show is modeled, typically broadcasts on location from the site of the week’s most important college football game. The backdrop often consists of screaming fans holding humorous signs and interacting with the show through various chants, cheers and even booing.

The weekly show will be hosted by Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola and shot in front of a live audience. Cenk Uygur, Jimmy Dore, Ben Mankiewicz, Hannah Cranston and Kim Horcher are among the Fusion and TYT personalities expected to be involved in the program.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Fusion to bring The Young Turks to college campuses across America,” said TYT Network chief business officer Steve Oh. “This election cycle has greatly energized millennials, who have long embraced digital outlets like The Young Turks for their news.”