FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
DAVID FEHERTY TEAMS EXCLUSIVELY WITH NBC SPORTS GROUP AND NBCUNIVERSAL
Feherty Will Join NBC Sports’ and Golf Channel’s Coverage of the Olympic Games, Ryder Cup, PGA TOUR, European Tour, as well as The Open Championship
Additional Elements Include Universal Television Development Deal, Extension of Feherty Talk Show on Golf Channel, New Feherty Digital Platform, Collaboration on Feherty Off-Tour Stage Show
Media Conference Call TODAY at Noon ET (9 A.M. PT): 800-230-1059 (United States); 612-332-0107 (International)
Orlando, Fla., Sept. 15, 2015 – NBC Sports Group announced today that David Feherty will make NBCUniversal his exclusive media home, which will include adding Feherty to NBC’s golf tournament coverage team, including the Olympics; an extension of his award-winning series Feherty on Golf Channel; and a slate of new ventures highlighted by a Universal Television development deal.
Described as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times, Feherty has made a name for himself not only through his self-titled Golf Channel talk show, but as one of the most irrepressible personalities calling golf over the past two decades. A native of Northern Ireland and a former professional golfer who scored 10 worldwide victories and a spot on the 1991 European Ryder Cup Team, Feherty is now a proud American citizen who has risen above a history of alcoholism and addiction to become an Emmy-nominated television host, New York Times best-selling author and comedic relief for thousands of men and women in uniform.
“I’m really looking forward to this next step in my career, but I’ll miss a lot of people who have had my back for nearly 20 years. And to be honest, I’m on the verge of soiling myself,” said David Feherty, NBC Sports golf analyst and host. “However, I am looking forward to new challenges and opportunities at NBC and Golf Channel. I haven’t yet heard the over-under on me getting fired, but hey, I beat the odds the last time.”
“David is a true talent who connects with people from all walks of life because of his ability to transition from hilarious to heartfelt so smoothly,” said Mike McCarley, president of Golf Channel. “Now we will be able to showcase his unique voice across a wide array of NBCUniversal assets, including from the biggest stages in global sports and entertainment.”
In his new role with NBC Sports, Feherty will be a walking and tower analyst on NBC and Golf Channel, primarily for their slate of marquee PGA TOUR events, including the “Florida Swing,” THE PLAYERS, and FedExCup Playoffs. Additionally, Feherty will be a fixture on NBC Sports’ coverage of the Olympic Games, Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, as well as select PGA of America and European Tour events. Feherty also will call golf’s original championship, once NBC Sports becomes the home of The Open Championship in 2017.
“I have admired David’s unique perspective on golf telecasts for years,” said Tommy Roy, 30-time Emmy Award winning producer, NBC Sports. “His addition to the Golf Channel and NBC team will further enhance our coverage of this game we love, and also help David rise to new levels professionally with the exclusive opportunity to call golf at the Olympics, Ryder Cup and The Open Championship.”
In addition to calling golf at a majority of NBC’s 24 golf events on broadcast television in 2016, Feherty’s addition to the NBCUniversal family also includes:
First Look Development Deal: Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal, has secured a first-look development deal with Feherty, providing him a new creative outlet for potential entertainment projects.
FEHERTY: Golf Channel has extended his award-winning self-titled talk show, Feherty, which helped propel him to a 2014 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Sports Host. Feherty will continue to go one-on-one with some of the biggest names across golf, sports, entertainment, politics and business and NBCUniversal can now feature Feherty across any of its networks, including NBC, and internationally.
MORNING DRIVE and GOLF CENTRAL: Feherty will continue to be a regular guest on Golf Channel’s two daily news programs, Morning Drive and Golf Central, including when Golf Central goes “Live From” golf’s biggest events.
FEHERTY Digital Home: Exclusive Feherty long- and short-form content will have a dedicated digital home, reflective of his unique personality.
FEHERTY “OFF TOUR” Stage Show: Golf Channel to collaborate with Feherty on his one-man stage show.
Media Conference Call Today, Noon ET:
Feherty will participate in a media conference call today at Noon ET and answer media questions on the announcement. Other participants on the call will include Golf Channel president Mike McCarley, Golf Channel on NBC producer Tommy Roy, and Feherty producer Keith Allo.
Media Dial-In Number:
800-230-1059 (United States)
Upcoming Feherty Episodes on Golf Channel:
Feherty – Donald Trump (Encore): Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. ET
Feherty – Steve Spurrier: Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET
Feherty Live – Ryder Cup One-Year to Go with Captains Davis Love and Darren Clarke : Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET
Feherty – Nick Saban: Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m. ET
ABOUT GOLF CHANNEL
Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available in more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 13 languages around the world. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original content. Watch Golf Channel anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs through Golf Live Extra. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, a golf course ratings and review portal for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.
ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, R&A, Premier League, Churchill Downs, NYRA, Maryland Jockey Club, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.
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