Tuesday, June 14th, 2016


Studio to Feature Indoor and Outdoor Beach Sets Capturing Panoramic Views and Natural Beauty of Brazil

First Time in 24 Years that Daytime and Late Night Studio Will be Located Outside International Broadcast Center

STAMFORD, CONN. – June 14, 2016 – NBC Olympics today unveiled the set design for NBC’s daytime and late night studio, which will be located on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach.

The state-of-the-art beach studio will feature two sets; one indoor and one outdoor, a main anchor desk, an interview area, and a news update desk, all positioned to capture the panoramic views of the beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio coast line. In addition, high-definition video monitors will help showcase highlights from the Games.

“Copacabana Beach is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. It is the ideal backdrop for our daytime and late night studio,” said Michael Sheehan, Coordinating Director, NBC Olympics. “With the Beach Volleyball venue just steps away, and thousands of athletes and fans visiting Copacabana and Ipanema every day, we will be able to perfectly capture the excitement and celebration taking place in Rio during the Olympics.”

Ryan Seacrest will serve as host for NBC’s late night coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Hosts for NBC Olympics’ daytime coverage will be announced soon. Bob Costas will serve as NBC’s primetime Olympic host for a U.S. television record 11th time. NBC’s primetime coverage will originate from the NBC Olympics studio located inside the International Broadcast Center in Rio.

This is the first time in 24 years, since the 1992 Barcelona Games, that NBC Olympics has had a major studio outside of the International Broadcast Center (IBC). NBC Olympics’ morning show for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics originated from the Athletes Village. In addition, NBC Olympics’ presentation of the 1988 Seoul Games featured daytime and late night coverage from pagodas located outside the International Broadcast Center.

NBC Olympics’ daytime and late night studio in Rio is designed by award-winning set designer Bryan Higgason, of New York based HD Studio.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics is Friday, August 5, on NBC.

About NBC Olympics

A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic 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 2012 London Olympics were watched by 217 million Americans across the networks of NBCUniversal, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

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