Hopefully, it will work out better for Rebecca Lowe post-Olympics than it did for Michelle Beadle.
Back in 2012, NBC’s new hire, Beadle, served as the host of the network’s big media session hyping the Games in London. Then she was host for the Olympics coverage on NBC SN.
Since then, it’s been all downhill for Beadle at NBC. When asked if she would have role in Sochi, a network spokesman said, “We are still finalizing our talent group for Sochi, which we expect to have completed by early January.”
Don’t hold your breath that Beadle will be in Russia.
Lowe, though, will. She will serve as the network’s lone female host during the Winter Games, handling the duties on NBC SN.
Lowe, who has received stellar reviews for her anchor duties of the Premier League, merited the high-profile assignment. … Continue Reading
My wife and I spent three days in Russia during the summer. It was more than enough time to see that the Russians can be highly rigid. While the people tried to be warm and accommodating, they generally seemed unsure of themselves and how to get what they want. It’s probably the result of being kicked around for the last few centuries.
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there already is confusion about coverage policies for journalists at the Olympics in Sochi in February.
Yesterday, a report circulated that journalists would have harsh social media restrictions during the Games. From Fox News:
The 2014 Olympics might feel more like 1914.
Journalists attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia will be forbidden from using everyday technology to take pictures and share information — the mobile phones and tablets
Forty years ago this week, I was a 12-year-old who was obsessed with sports.
I went to Hebrew school at a Reform synagogue and was somewhat aware that there were people in the world who didn’t like Jews. But that barely registered on my radar compared to watching my White Sox, led by Dick Allen, battle Oakland and Reggie Jackson for first place during the summer of ’72.
Naturally, my sports obsession had me locked in on the Summer Games in Munich. These were the first Olympics where Roone Arledge and ABC really hit on the up-close-and-personal approach.
Those Olympics were huge. Mark Spitz won a bunch of gold medals. Olga Korbut thrilled the world with her feats. Great stuff.
Then on Sept. 5, 1972, I awoke to hear the news from Jim McKay that something terrible had happened in Munich.
My question: Who are the people who didn’t watch the Olympics?
LONDON – August 13, 2012 – 219.4 million Americans watched the London Olympics on the networks of NBCUniversal, setting the record as the most-watched event in U.S. television history, surpassing the 2008 Beijing Olympics (215 million), according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.
NBCUniversal, presented its 13th Olympics, the most by any U.S. media company, with an unprecedented 5,535 hours of the 2012 London Olympics coverage across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, two specialty channels, and the first-ever 3D platform, an unprecedented level that surpasses the coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by nearly 2,000 hours.
31.0 million average viewership for Closing Ceremony is most-watched for a non-U.S. Summer Olympics in 36 Years – topped Beijing by 12% and
Americans who say they are watching the Olympics “a lot” are most likely to want the most popular events televised both live during the day as they happen and on tape delay in the evening. Seven in 10 (71%) of these Americans want the most popular events televised live and on tape delay, as do a majority (57%) of those who are watching a little of the games and 43% of those who aren’t watching at all.
So would the 43% who aren’t watching at all tune in if the events aired live?
Here is one way to get around NBC’s tape-delay approach to the Olympics.
Spend the weekend at a lake that has limited or no Internet access. Then watch NBC’s coverage at night as if it were live like I did.
What? Can’t get away for the weekend like I did. Well, then you’re screwed.
Once again, Twitter was on fire with angry tweets about NBC’s decision not to provide viewers live coverage of Usain Bolt’s bid for gold in the 100. One positive dividend is the entertaining tweets from #NBCdelayed and elsewhere:
@karljohn Curiosity actually landed three hours ago, but NBC delayed it until after water polo.
@photoarmy1 Hey everyone NBC is showing live video footage of the landing right now….Neil Armstrong is about to step on the surface.
@bgtennisnation (Brad Gilbert) Another major foot fault on NBC for not showing the 100
Buzz Bissinger weighed in on NBC’s tape-delay strategy this morning in his own unique way.
@buzzbissinger But Comcast/NBC doesn’t give shit. Ratings off the roof. All they care about. Fuck the first amendment. Fuck free speech. Fuck Comcast/NBC.
Really, Buzz, tell us how you feel. Don’t hold back.
The complaining continues, and so does NBC pulling in monster numbers for its primetime coverage.
The Twitter Olympics helped deliver NBC another huge number Tuesday night. The network pulled a 24.0 overnight last night; the best overnight for the London Olympics to date, topping the Opening Ceremony by 4%.
It was 4% higher than the Tuesday night rating for Beijing (23.0/37) & 12% higher than Athens (21.5/33).
Keep mind, NBC expected this year’s rating to be off from Beijing, which had the benefit of live coverage in primetime.