A 20-year televised-sports veteran and member of the network-management team since 2003, Bob Whyley oversees all aspects of Tennis Channel’s live, first-run, studio and tournament-coverage programming as well as all short-form programming. He has held the role of senior vice president, production, and executive producer since 2011.
As the primary force behind all Tennis Channel match coverage and studio production, Whyley is responsible for special-event telecasts during the US Open, Wimbledon, French Open and Australian Open; Indian Wells, Calif., and Washington, D.C., events; Davis Cup and Fed Cup competition; and the men’s and women’s year-end championships. He assigns all on-air talent, interacting with and managing a roster that includes tennis legends Martina Navratilova, Jim Courier, Lindsay Davenport, Tracy Austin, Paul Annacone, James Blake and Sports Illustrated’s Managing Editor Jon Wertheim, as well as sports broadcasting veterans Bill Macatee, Mary Carillo, Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle, Brett Haber and many others. He is responsible for directly hiring all remote operation facilities, transmission and television crews. Whyley also oversees all studio production, like the ratings hit, Center Court telecast, which showcases the world’s best ATP/WTA matches by “bouncing” from tournament to tournament, court to court. Center Court and live remote productions also feature, Tennis Channel Live, a one-hour pre and post game show with news, highlights, analysis and tennis’ biggest stars. Whyley oversees Tennis Channel’s daily news update, Court Report, and a creative content team that produces multiple pieces of short form and essay style features. He also oversees the highly acclaimed highlight and news shows that air each day during the sport’s majors: US Open Tonight, Wimbledon Primetime and Australian Open Today.
Whyley joined Tennis Channel as director of production in 2003 when the network launched, and has also managed the production department’s operational needs since then. He was promoted to coordinating producer in 2007 and vice president of production in 2008, when he saw to planning, scheduling and other process in conjunction with the network’s high-definition transition. Since then, Tennis Channel has heavily expanded its high-definition production to include all domestic tournaments, studio productions and the four major, “Grand Slam” events.
Since 2007 Whyley has also managed all domestic tournament production for Tennis Channel. This has involved producing the world feed, the official tournament telecast that is used by CBS, ESPN2 and all international networks, during almost all US Open Series events. He currently oversees all operations and crewing for NBC and ESPN International for the French Open.
At Fox Sports Net in Los Angeles for five years before joining Tennis Channel, Whyley served as a production coordinator, production manager, associate producer or feature producer on that network’s coverage of a wide variety of competitions. These included ATP World Tour and WTA Tour tennis, NASCAR and Formula One auto racing, NCAA football, NCAA basketball, NBA Halftime Report, NFL Europe and Major League Baseball.