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Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Sports Illustrated's Peter King departs after 29 years to join NBC Sports full-time
Source: New York Post
King, the leading NFL columnist, has been a contributor to NBC's Football Night in America for more than a decade. And now he'll become a full-time NBC Sports staffer, appearing on its various platforms.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Can NBC and USA make the Beverly Hills Dog Show an Easter viewing tradition?
Source: Los Angeles Times
Sunday's Beverly Hills Dog Show, hosted by Maria Menounos, is trying to capture the big TV ratings that Beverly Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the National Dog Show receive.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 6:02PM EDT
ESPN scores a leading 54 Sports Emmy nominations
NBC and Fox tied for a distant second with 31 nominations apiece.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 5:38PM EDT
Indy 500 is moving to NBC after 54 years on ABC
Source: Awful Announcing
The ABC-Indianapolis 500 partnership, which began in 1965, will come to an end this year. NBC will show the Indy 500 and seven other races starting next year.
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
NBC and its sibling networks will devote a record 250 hours to the Winter Paralympics
The Winter Paralympics Opening Ceremony will air live on Friday at 6:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN, with coverage airing through March 18.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
NBC Universal boss: NBC made $100 million in profit from the Super Bowl
"We think it might have been the most profitable night of television in history," said NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
NBC only showed 60% of the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
About 51 minutes, or 40%, of the Closing Ceremony was left on the cutting room floor. Among the moments NBC decided to cut were much of the final fireworks/light show. ALSO: Here are the good, bad and ugly of NBC's PyeongChang Games coverage.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
NBC deserves credit for its stellar Winter Olympics coverage
NBC's decision to let many events play out live in primetime resulted in fewer prepackaged stories and a much-improved game. "The live element sometimes kept NBC from overindulging its worst impulses," says Todd VanDerWerff. "But even in cases when NBC heavily packaged a program around an event that had happened hours earlier — as with the opening ceremony — its choices were generally smarter." But VanDerWerff acknowledges that his praise for NBC may be due to the low bar set by NBC's Rio Summer Olympics coverage. "Its 2016 coverage of the Summer Games (at least in its primetime program) was such a mess that it really had nowhere to go but up," he says. "Some of it was that NBC is almost always better at covering the Winter Games, where the US tends to be less dominant than at the Summer Games, meaning NBC has to cast about for interesting stories about people from other countries, rather than running nonstop human interest stories about American athletes. And some of it was that many of the storylines at these Olympics, especially in the heavily watched sport of figure skating, were unusually compelling."
- Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon "dumped the sass and doubled down on the stats" for the Closing Ceremonies -- to mixed results
- Mike Tirico reflects on his first time as primetime host -- which he'll rewatch, again! -- and reveals he's become closer to Bob Costas
- Which Todd is better, Todd Harris or Todd Richards?
- NBC's women’s downhill was Olympics TV at its best—authentic, empathetic and thrilling to watch
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:46PM EST
Women's figure skating lifts Winter Olympics' Thursday ratings
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
NBC's broadcast of Thursday's PyeongChang Games was up 8% despite the women's figure skating finals ending past midnight on the East Coast.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Mirai Nagasu regarded her final Winter Olympics performance as a Dancing with the Stars audition
Source: USA Today
“I would like to be on Dancing With the Stars because I am a star,” said the figure skater, following her disappointing 10th-place finish in the individual women's event after winning bronze in the team competition early in the PyeongChang games. Nagasu had said earlier that she hoped to land on the ABC reality show. "I made history here by landing the first triple axel for a U.S. lady at the Olympics so I think that is a big deal. I hope I get more opportunities to let my personality just shine," she said, adding: "I smiled in the middle of my program, which is really rare for me. So I enjoyed myself and I thought of this as my audition for Dancing with the Stars."
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Why NBC intentionally pronouncing PyeongChang wrong is so problematic
"There’s nothing ruder, really, than refusing to call someone, or somewhere, what they prefer to be called," says Annaliese Griffin of NBC's decision to change the pronunciation of the 2018 Winter Olympics home. "It’s especially weird to go to the trouble of asking, and then argue with the answer. And it’s not NBC’s first problem with this."
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 2:24PM EST
Leslie Jones calls NBC colleague an "a**hole announcer"
Source: The Big Lead
The SNL star and NBC Winter Olympics contributor posted a profanity-laced rant to Twitter complaining about Pierre McGuire's interview of a U.S. women's hockey team member.
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 3:48AM EST
Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will host the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony
“Parades, K-Pop, fireworks, costumes, dancing – who better to host the world’s biggest party than Tara, Johnny and Terry," sais NBC Olympics president Jim Bell of the figure skating analyst duo, who have been stars of these PyeongChang Games. They will be joined by play-by-play partner Terry Gannon. "For this assignment to happen, it’s a huge honor and privilege," says Lipinski. "I’m so excited to embark on this new and exciting adventure and bring the Closing Ceremony to the U.S.”
# TOPICS: Winter Olympics, NBC, Closing Ceremony, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Bode Miller, Chloe Kim, Jim Bell, Jimmy Fallon, Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Terry Gannon, Late Night, NBC Sports
Posted Sunday 2/18/18 at 8:36PM EST
Adam Rippon changes his mind, decides not to join NBC
Source: USA Today
The bronze medal-winning U.S. figure skater has had a change of heart about becoming an NBC correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics, according to USA Today's Christine Brennan, who first reported that Rippon would be joining NBC. "After agreeing to an offer to work for NBC, Adam Rippon @Adaripp decided overnight that he would rather remain as an Olympian, source telling me," Brennan tweeted. "Didn’t want to relinquish his official Olympic standing, give up credential, move out of Team USA housing and miss closing ceremony." Rippon later confirmed his decision on NBCSN: “I am so flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent, but if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I would have to leave the (Olympic) Village. It’s so important to me, you know, I worked so hard to be on this Olympic team, and my teammates and my friends were there for me during my events, and that meant so much to me, that I really feel like I need to be there for them during their events."
Posted Sunday 2/18/18 at 7:29AM EST
NBC hires figure skater Adam Rippon for the rest of the Winter Olympics
Source: USA Today
The outspoken U.S. figure skater and bronze medalist, who has become one of the most well-known athletes at the PyeongChang Games, has been hired by NBC to work as a correspondent for the final week of the Winter Olympics. An NBC spokesperson tells USA Today he'll work on a variety of platforms, including television, digital and social media. Rippon, the first openly gay man to medal at the Winter Olympics, made headlines for criticizing Vice President Mike Pence over gay rights. Rippon has also said he wouldn't attend President Trump's ceremony honoring the Winter Olympians.