FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 20th, 2016
NBC OLYMPICS NAMES HOSTS FOR CNBC, MSNBC, USA NETWORK & BRAVO’S TENNIS COVERAGE
Dave Briggs (Bravo/Tennis), Ahmed Fareed (USA Network), Brett Haber (Bravo/Tennis), Fred Roggin (CNBC) and Rob Simmelkjaer (MSNBC) To Serve as Olympic Hosts
Opening Ceremony for 2016 Rio Olympic Games is Friday, August 5 on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 20, 2016 – Dave Briggs (Bravo/Tennis), Ahmed Fareed (USA Network), Brett Haber (Bravo/Tennis), Fred Roggin (CNBC) and Rob Simmelkjaer (MSNBC) will serve as hosts for NBC Olympics coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. The Opening Ceremony for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is Friday, August 5 on NBC.
“With expansive coverage across multiple networks, we are excited to have these talented on-air personalities guide our viewers through the events of the day,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics.
Dave Briggs, Bravo/Tennis Host: Briggs makes his NBC Olympics debut as a host of tennis coverage on Bravo. Bravo will once again serve as the home of Olympic tennis, televising 94.5 hours of coverage that begins on Saturday, August 6, and concludes on Sunday, August 14, with the men’s singles final. Briggs currently serves as a host and anchor for NBC Sports Group, working on a wide range of properties including NBCSN’s NASCAR America and NHL coverage.
Ahmed Fareed, USA Network Host: Fareed makes his Olympics debut as a studio host on USA Network. USA’s coverage includes men’s basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, rowing, synchronized swimming, volleyball, water polo, and more. Fareed currently serves as co-anchor of CSN Bay Area’s signature show SportsNet Central.
Brett Haber, Bravo/Tennis Host: Haber returns to NBC Sports Group’s tennis coverage for the 2016 Rio Olympics, joining Briggs as a studio host on Bravo. Haber made his Olympic debut in London as a tennis play-by-play announcer. Haber currently works as a play-by-play commentator and host for Tennis Channel, where he has covered the Australian Open, French Open and U.S. Open.
Fred Roggin, CNBC Host: Roggin is back for his ninth Olympic Games, serving as a studio host on CNBC. The network will showcase elimination-round coverage of basketball and volleyball, as well as archery, beach volleyball, cycling, rugby, water polo, wrestling, and more. Roggin has covered every Summer Olympics since 1984 for NBC Sports Group. He is currently the sports anchor at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles where he also provides a sports recap for NBC’s early morning newscasts, which airs on NBC’s Early Today and MSNBC’s First Look, along with a separate segment for Morning Joe.
Rob Simmelkjaer, MSNBC Host: Rob Simmelkjaer reprises his role as studio host on MSNBC during NBC Sports Group’s presentation of the 2016 Rio Olympics. MSNBC will carry 78.5 hours of Rio Olympic programming, including coverage of men’s basketball, beach volleyball, rugby, soccer, volleyball, and water polo, among other sports. Simmelkjaer previously served in the same role during the 2012 Summer Olympics. He is currently Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures, a role he took over in September, 2011. Simmelkjaer is responsible for managing the NBC Sports Ventures unit, a collection of NBC Sports properties including NBC Sports Radio, Reebok Spartan Race, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Nitro Circus, and the Red Bull Signature Series.
THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE RIO OLYMPICS IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016 ON NBC
About NBC Olympics
A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic Games coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. The London 2012 Olympic Games were watched by 217 million Americans across the networks of NBCUniversal, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history.