PyeongChang Olympics Will Be Couric’s Fourth Opening Ceremony as Co-Host; NBC Primetime Olympics Host Mike Tirico Makes Opening Ceremony Debut
NBC’s Live Primetime Coverage of the Winter Olympics Begins Feb. 8, One Night before Opening Ceremony
For First Time Ever, NBCUniversal to Live Stream Olympics Opening Ceremony
***Conference Call TODAY at 2 P.M. ET with Mike Tirico, Katie Couric, Jim Bell & Gary Zenkel***
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 17, 2018 – Award-winning journalist Katie Couric returns to NBC to co-host the Opening Ceremony for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, it was announced today by Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. She will join host Mike Tirico in the booth at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony, which will air in primetime, Friday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.
Also joining NBC’s Opening Ceremony coverage will be Joshua Cooper Ramo, Co-CEO of Kissinger Associates, who discussed culture and geo-political issues for NBC during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“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 Bell. “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. I’m looking forward to both of them engaging with Joshua for his keen analysis, first shared with our viewers so memorably in Beijing in 2008. I have no doubt this compelling trio will capture both the significance and glory of the ceremony’s signature moments.”
“During my years at NBC, I loved covering the Olympics and showcasing the hard work, dedication and perseverance of athletes from around the world. The Opening Ceremony will be a chance for South Korea to share its culture and customs and for the international community to celebrate this unparalleled display of athletic achievement and sportsmanship. There’s nothing quite like it,” said Couric. “I’m also looking forward to working with Mike, who brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to everything he does.”
Tirico works his first Opening Ceremony. He served as host for the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics, following his role as a Rio daytime host.
In the days following the Opening Ceremony, Couric will contribute to NBC’s coverage, offering commentary and interviewing select Olympians. Previously at NBC, Couric had a decorated 15-year run as co-anchor of TODAY (1991-2006) after serving as NBC News’ deputy Pentagon correspondent for three years.
FIRST-EVER LIVE STREAM OF OPENING CEREMONY
For the first time, NBCUniversal will stream live an Olympics Opening Ceremony. The live coverage from PyeongChang will begin Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. ET on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app, and will feature the pageantry and the Parade of Nations with world feed graphics and the event’s natural sound (without commentators). NBC’s fully-produced presentation of the Opening Ceremony, hosted by Couric and Tirico and featuring interviews and profiles will air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. Live streaming of all Olympic competition has occurred at every Games since London 2012.
“We are excited to live stream for the first time the Olympic Broadcasting Service’s world feed of the Opening Ceremony. NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, and the NBC Sports app will continue to provide immersive coverage of all events in the NBC Sports portfolio.” – Rick Cordella, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group
***NBC OLYMPICS CONFERENCE CALL – TODAY AT 2 PM ET***
NBC Olympics will host a conference call today at 2 p.m. ET with Opening Ceremony host Mike Tirico, Opening Ceremony co-host Katie Couric, NBC Olympics President, Production and Programming Jim Bell, and NBC Olympics President, Operations & Strategy Gary Zenkel.
Media interested in participating should call 719-325-4765; passcode 8151090.
SNAP SHOTS – NBC OLYMPICS’ KATIE COURIC
- Fourth Olympics Opening Ceremony assignment with NBC Sports
- Spent 15 years as co-anchor of NBC’s TODAY (1991-2006), following three years as NBC News’ deputy Pentagon correspondent
- In 2006, became the first solo female host of the CBS Evening News, while also contributing to 60 Minutes
- Following the success of Couric’s 2017 National Geographic documentary, Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, she is partnering with National Geographic on America Inside Out with Katie Couric, a six-part documentary series that will premiere on April 11, 2018
- Couric is the co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), which has raised over $500 million to fund scientific research teams that emphasize collaboration and innovation
- For a complete Katie Couric bio, click here
NBC’S LIVE PRIMETIME COVERAGE OF THE WINTER OLYMPICS BEGINS FEB. 8