ABC to Air 2010 ‘Scripps National Spelling Bee’ Finals in Primetime on June 4

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Will it be the most dramatic spelling bee competition ever? Find out when Chris Harrison (host of “The Bachelorette” and “The Bachelor”) hosts live television coverage of the final championship rounds of “The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee,” FRIDAY, JUNE 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), live from Washington, DC, as 273 spellers from around the world compete. Semifinal rounds air live earlier in the day on ESPN, which has televised the Bee since 1994. ESPN’s live telecast (simulcast on ESPN3.com) is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., ET. ESPN3.com will provide coverage of Round Three of the preliminaries from 1:15 – 5:15 p.m., ET on Thursday, June 3.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest and longest running educational promotion, is administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and 268 local sponsors. The majority of local spelling bee sponsors are daily and weekly newspapers. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve spelling, increase vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all of their lives.

About 273 champion spellers, ranging in age from 8 to 15, will be competing this year for the National Spelling Bee Championship. Spellers participating in the national competition qualify by winning locally sponsored spelling bees in their home communities.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held each year in Washington DC, will begin on Wednesday June 2, featuring top spellers from across the U.S., as well as competitors from Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Japan, The Bahamas, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, South Korea, students from U.S. Defense and State Department schools in Europe and students from American and international schools in China. Real-time results for all segments of competition are provided via the Internet at the Bee’s official website, www.spellingbee.com.

“The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee” is a production of ESPN in association with ABC Entertainment. The executive producer is Jed Drake and senior coordinating producer is Dave Miller. The coordinating producer/producer is Tim Weinkauf and the director is Derek Mobley.

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