John Fritsche is Senior Vice President, Olympic Operations and Stamford Facilities. A 36-year NBC veteran, Fritsche joined NBC’s Olympic division in January 1998 as Vice President of Operations, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2002. In this role, he is responsible for all operational aspects at the venues and International Broadcast Center, Olympic sourcing, catering, air transportation, merchandising, technical logistics and broadcast management. In December 2012, he added oversight of all operational aspects of NBC Sports Group’s 350,000-square-foot state-of-the-art headquarters in Stamford, Conn.
For more than 25 years, Fritsche has served in various capacities throughout NBC. In 1995, he was named Director, News Operations, BANO (Broadcast and Network Operations), responsible for all news production management and studio operations for the network. While in that role, he oversaw program production and newsgathering for the news division and other NBC properties during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
In 1987, Fritsche joined the TODAY show as a production manager, responsible for the day-to-day studio operations, remote broadcasts, and budgets for the morning program. He traveled TODAY to far-reaching locations and continents, including Asia and Africa, and began his Olympic involvement in 1988 when he coordinated the production and venue logistics for TODAY’S coverage of the Seoul Summer Games. In 1990, he was named senior production manager for the TODAY show.
Fritsche began his career with NBC in November 1979 in the news operations division supervising the couriers and the film lab. In 1980, he was made a unit manager for NBC Nightly News, where he oversaw logistics for the broadcast both in-studio and on remotes which covered the Tehran hostage crisis; the 1980 and 1984 political conventions; the Falkland War; the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana; and the reunification of Germany.
Fritsche graduated with an associate’s degree from Graham Jr. College in Boston and attended Pace University Business School in Purchase, N.Y. He currently resides in Long Island with his wife, Betty Anne.