With hours of the Olympics scheduled for NBC alone out of 2, hours altogether, primetime coverage of the February 9- 25 Winter Games will be live for the very first time across all time zones. Things will actually kick things off on NBC the day before the Opening Ceremony in primetime on February 8 with figure skating. McHugh will handle primetime and late night on NBCSN, while Manno is in place for the late-night and morning hosting shift on the outlet. So, this is going to be your third Olympics for NBC.
As a seasoned vet now and going forward at least one more Summer Games likely, what beyond institutional memory, will you be bringing to the daytime coverage of PyeongChang next year?
What I love more than anything is interviewing. I used to do a lot more interviewing back in England.
How will that factor into your approach this time round when things officially kickoff for you on February 10? The daytime role will be great.
What I loved doing last time around just meeting these people who have to sacrifice everything to get up at 4 AM to go down the louge every day and nobody takes any notice of them for a while. Then they get to the Olympics and then we all want a bit of them.
I love getting close to these normal people who are suddenly these stars and hearing their stories.
I have to get into these stories. With hours of Olympics coverage coming from NBC itself over the 18 days and more than 2, hours from the various other parts of the NBC universe, including two hours a day in daytime in the week and three hours on the weekends for you directly, when does the prep start for you? I have news updates sent to my inbox most days so my inbox right now is packed and I have a plan. I do my two hours of prep then, every day. I do a lot of it and I probably do too much.
My dad has always instilled that in me the do too much because that keeps you safe.
Sounds right to me. It gives you the room to really think on your feet in the moment when the moment comes. Then you and I are on the same page.
That kind of over prep makes me feel safe because things go wrong in live TV and things go wrong in pre-recorded TV. Those are the three things that I need to know. With the changes NBC has brought in this time round, like primetime coverage being live across all the American time zones for the first time in the Winter Kick the can crew tirico sexual harassment, it looks like there were some lessons learned from the demo lows of Sochi in It obviously remains to be seen what affect they will have, but from your perspective how much of a concern are ratings out of PyeongChang?
Obviously being on from 3 to 5 on a weekday across the US and 3 to 6 on the weekend across the U. What I want to do is get the extra people interested in something that I believe is worth two or three hours of their time every day, you have to give them a really good quality product.
So besides being on top of dozens of Kick the can crew tirico sexual harassment and aiming for that TV Gold that will get the numbers, where does football or soccer rate in all this for you going into the Winter Olympics?
You know, for once I come out of that bubble in South Korea, and by the way it is the biggest bubble ever. Your whole life is dedicated to that one event.
However, NBC is on another planet. Almost as testament to how watched football or soccer is now in America, you guys along with one of the Men In Blazers and others, just had your very first Fan Fest in NYC on November It was invite-only and pretty low key in terms of promotion but clearly a success — so will this become an annual event, open to all?
The Fan Fest was a great success. It was really good fun and it made me realize how massive this sport is and how massive this league is. Great energy amongst the supporters!
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Latest social media craze sees stars performing a VERY high kick for the camera (so will you. It is not just about ESPN announcer Mike Tirico attempting to sexually assault a woman When the people on TV are having fun, you will have fun.