The longest running sports program in Pittsburgh TV has been cancelled. “Savran on Sportsbeat” on FSN Pittsburgh has been cancelled by owner Liberty Media. The program began March 11, 1991 on KBL and was then known as “Sportsbeat”. Savran joined the program in 1992 and was teamed with Guy Junker for nearly a decade after that. Junker was let go in May 2003. According to Bob Smizik, Savran was supposedly working without a contract, but PBRTV has since heard rumors that Savran has been let go. The decision is strictly financial. Station management continues to applaud Savran and the program had the best ratings ever. It is expected that further job reductions will follow at FSN. “Sportsbeat” and “Savran on Sportsbeat” has been the focal point of FSN Pittsburgh for nearly two decades.
Savran will continue to co-host the 10 a.m. – Noon talk show with Guy Junker on WEAE-AM (1250) ESPN Radio.