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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
NBC's official Winter Olympics policy is to mispronounce "PyeongChang"
NBC has been pronouncing the Winter Olympics host city as “Pyeong-Chayng," when it's supposed to be pronounced "Pyung-Chahng." Asked to respond, an NBC spokesperson told The Washington Post: “We heard a variety of ways to say PyeongChang during our preparation for the Games, and ultimately decided on the version in which the second syllable sounds like ‘twang.’ Although we have informed all of our commentators of this, with 2,400 hours of coverage and more than 80 on-air personalities, you may occasionally hear a slightly different pronunciation.”
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Mike Tirico hasn't done anything memorable as the new Olympics host, and NBC "must be thrilled"
"Why does Mike Tirico exist?" asks Willa Paskin. NBC had an opportunity to reimagine its Olympics coverage when replacing Bob Costas. Instead, the network "has essentially reupholstered that old chair," says Paskin, noting that picking Tirico was a way of making sure it didn't shake up a format that has proven successful. The only interesting thing so far, she points out, was Tirico's interview with Shaun White, since both have been accused of sexual harassment in the past. "Tirico has promised to be less political than Costas, and he’s done nothing in his first week on set to suggest he’ll rock the Olympics boat," says Paskin. "If Costas was a shishito pepper—nine times out of 10, not spicy at all!—then Tirico is a banana pepper—maybe after a few days in vinegar he’d sort of make your mouth tingle. Tirico has ably stepped into the job of host by doing nothing memorable, all while emitting a faint whiff of being perfectly pleasant."
- Tirico addressed the Florida school shooting: “It’s in the thoughts of every American over here, half a world away in South Korea"
- NBC seemed to be afraid of the optics of Tirico asking White about sexual harassment
- NBC appears to have decided that it won't touch on sexual misconduct during the Olympics
- NBC commentator Bode Miller apologizes after "joking" that skier Anna Veith's marriage was to blame for her poor performance
- NBC hasn't done a good job explaining Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski's roles as commentators
- In praise of Weir and Lipinski: They are less sentimental and more in tune with Olympians than other commentators
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:16AM EST
Bob Costas says he's fine watching the Winter Olympics at home: "I’m interested, but I’m not obsessed"
"I’m seeing a good portion of it," Costas says of being home watching the Olympics for the first time in decades. He adds: “My attitude is I have had a wonderful ride and so many wonderful things to look back on and so many great things have happened and great friendships and collaborations, so when things take another turn in another direction, that’s just the way it goes."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
NBC's Winter Olympics coverage has become the "Apology Olympics"
NBC dumped analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo after he offended South Koreans by saying during the Opening Ceremony, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation." NBC also apologized for his comment. "If the Olympics gave out medals for apologies, NBC Sports would be in great shape at the 2018 Winter Games," says Michael McCarthy. "Over three days of coverage, the Peacock network has been busy apologizing, or trying to explain on-air gaffes and profanity by analysts and athletes, a tape delay for the first U.S gold medal and a 'wardrobe malfunction' that rekindled network nightmares of Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl."
- About 28.3 million watched the Opening Ceremony, down from 31.7 million for the Sochi Olympics
- Watch the 23 minutes that NBC edited out of the Opening Ceremony
- NBC turned the Opening Ceremony into a dull social studies report
- There was something "lyrical and occasionally irresistible at the core" of the Opening Ceremony
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
NBC hopes to avoid another Olympics Opening Ceremony backlash with livestreaming and fewer commercial breaks
Viewers can start livestreaming the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m PT on Friday without commentary and with what NBC Sports describes as “the event’s natural sound." The livestream will feature advertising. The Katie Couric and Mike Tirico-hosted telecast kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with 30% fewer commercials than the Rio Summer Olympics. It was the social media outrage from Rio that prompted the change.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 4:41PM EST
New NBC Olympics host Mike Tirico will try to avoid making political references like Bob Costas did
“I’m much more a believer of ‘Here are the facts, you decide,’” Tirico tells the Sports Business Journal of hosting the primetime Winter Olympics show for the first time. “I don’t want to say (more) than Bob, but just in general, that’s my approach to most of these things. You don’t see me in 27, 28 years doing a lot of commentary within sports on ‘The NFL should do this,’ or ‘How dare the NBA.’ If I have an opinion, I will suggest a line of questioning, perhaps look to carve out a little bit of space to say something. But I’m of the opinion, especially here at the start, that people aren’t coming to watch the Games to watch me.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
NBC brings Katie Couric back to co-host the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, which will be live-streamed for the first time
Couric will join Mike Tirico in co-hosting the tape-delayed Opening Ceremony from PyeongChang, South Korea on Friday, Feb. 9. “It’s good to see Mike. We go back 45 minutes,” Couric joked in a press conference this morning announcing her return. NBC also announced that for the first time, NBC will allow fans to stream the Opening Ceremony live via the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com. “It’s beyond exciting to welcome Katie back to our Olympic booth. Katie has extensive Olympic experience, having anchored the Today show at six previous Games, and hosted the Opening Ceremony in Sydney, Salt Lake City, and Athens,” said Jim Bell, president of NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “We have been eagerly awaiting Mike’s first prime time Olympic hosting duties, and now, with Mike and Katie, viewers will have two pros, and two terrific storytellers leading the way.”
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
NBC's Winter Olympics set will feature a 3,500 square-foot geodesic dome
Featuring a 40-foot by 16-foot LED wall, the set was designed to appear carved out of the PyeongChang mountainside and showcase the natural beauty of South Korea. There will also be a rooftop facility that will be made to look like a winter lodge.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 4:46AM EST
NBC is sticking with Mike Tirico as Winter Olympics host despite past allegations of sexual harassment
Tirico was accused of sexual harassment early in his career at ESPN, and “these charges were aggressively addressed 25 years ago with a lengthy suspension,” said ESPN spokesperson Josh Krulewitz. An NBC Sports spokesperson issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter saying: ”When we hired Mike in 2016, we were aware of the incidents from more than 25 years ago, which had been addressed in 1991-92 by ESPN, his employer at the time, and for which he has apologized. Mike has repeatedly assured us that this behavior is long in his past, and we have no evidence of anything to the contrary in his tenure at NBC Sports."
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 10:26AM EST
Is Mike Tirico NBC's next sexual misconduct problem?
The new face of NBC's Olympics primetime coverage was suspended for three months early in his career at ESPN after six women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. More...
Posted Friday 12/01/17 at 5:37AM EST
Here are your NBC Winter Olympics hosts
Mike Tirico takes over for Bob Costas in primetime, while Rebecca Lowe will host NBC daytime.