Opening CeremonyLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Katie Couric apologizes for her Opening Ceremonies suggestion that the Dutch skate to work every day on frozen canals
Couric apologized via Twitter last night after the Dutch embassy threw her some shade over her suggestion that skating to work on frozen canals is how the Dutch excel in speed skating. Couric tweeted: "My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way!"
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
NBC: We did not fire Opening Ceremony analyst who offended Koreans
Asia expert Joshua Cooper Ramo was only hired to analyze the Opening Ceremony, so his job with the PyeongChang Games is over, NBC said in disputing widespread reports that he was fired. NBC had to apologize for Ramo for saying, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation." ALSO: Sunday's ratings were below the first Sunday of the past two Winter Olympics.
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 6:30PM EST
Sterling K. Brown will narrate the opening film for NBC’s Winter Olympics coverage
The This Is Us star’s voice will introduce a seven-minute film, tiled Always Start with the Dreams, paying tribute to all 2,800 Olympic athletes in Pyeongchang. The short film will air before the Opening Ceremonies Friday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m PT.
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 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.”