August 21, 2016 |
Separating what is real and what is manufactured at the Olympic Games has always presented a degree of difficulty that ranks with any triple-flipping, double-twisting entry into a murky, green diving well. That has never been more true than during the Rio Olympics that end Sunday with a final burst of events and a closing ceremony that surrounds the extinguishing of the Olympic flame. Since the entire lead-up to the Games, their slapdash administration, a seemingly worldwide doping epidemic, myriad dangers in Brazil itself, and the usual charges of corruption and IOC scandal didn't put out the torch previously, it will reportedly be left to Pele to boot the Rio experience past the near post of history.
August 13, 2016 |
When the word went out Wednesday that NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus was to hold a conference call with reporters about Olympics TV viewership, observers of NBC and Comcast suspected he had something to say. He sure did. "This will be our most economically successful Games in history," Lazarus proclaimed. He announced that NBC had sold $30 million of additional advertising since the Olympics began - on top of the already record-breaking $1.2 billion total before the flame was lit in Rio de Janeiro.
August 12, 2016 |
STAMFORD, Conn. - The energy across the NBC Sports Group's sprawling headquarters during the Olympics is palpable. About 1,100 workers are jammed into every available room in the 300,000-square-foot complex, spread across every hour on the clock to produce TV broadcasts, feed online streams, and clip highlights that go viral on social media in an instant. But for all the action, almost everything that NBC does can be seen in two small rooms that television viewers will never see. One room is the Broadcast Operations Center.
August 6, 2016 |
NBC Sports' Olympic ad sales for Rio are 20 percent more than for the London Summer Games, at $1.2 billion with the games about to open officially Friday, a top executive said on Thursday. Seth Winter, executive vice president of advertising sales for Comcast Corp.-owned NBC Sports, said that the media company was "pretty much sold out of premium inventory" - which means prime-time spots on the NBC broadcast network - and that he was "exceptionally bullish on the games. " Ironically, Winter said, issues related to the games in Brazil - such as polluted water for swimmers and the Zika virus - have heightened the public's awareness of the Olympics and could lead to the bigger audience that advertisers are looking for with commercials.
July 29, 2016 |
Tamron Hall runs across the lawn of the Independence Mall, becoming a bright orange streak as she greets a group of screaming fans for selfies during her brief break. While doing an interview, she often stops in midsentence to wave back at pedestrians screaming her name. The cohost of the Today show and host of MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall and Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall has her hands full covering this year's Democratic National Convention. But she can think of no better place to be than where, she says, she got her soul: Philadelphia.
July 25, 2016
NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker will be on familiar turf as Hillary Clinton's campaign arrives here in Welker's hometown for the Democratic National Convention. Thrilled as she is that family and friends will be nearby, "I don't even know if I'll have time to see them," said Welker, who's nevertheless hoping to sneak in time with her fiance, John Hughes, a marketing director for Merck & Co. Inc. who works in the area, and her parents, Harvey and real estate agent Julie Welker, who live in Fairmount.
July 22, 2016 |
How big a deal is next month's 2016 Rio Olympics? "Countries at war are saying they'll stop their battles to focus on the games," said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts in a media event at JFK Boulevard headquarters Wednesday. The Summer Games also promise content and customizable technology as never seen in TV land before, Roberts said, as well as an audience for Comcast's NBCUniversal properties that is "more than three times bigger than ABC, CBS, and Fox ratings combined" over the Rio games' 17-day run, plus two preview nights.
July 7, 2016 |
The decision to schedule coverage from New York during Philadelphia's Independence Day celebration was made by network, not local, officials, NBC10 says. TV viewers took to social media Monday to complain that the local NBC affiliate's coverage of Philadelphia's festivities fell short of their expectations. While the Philly Pops concert was cancelled because of rain, NBC10 was never scheduled to air that part of the Wawa Welcome America! festival. The network always planned to show the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular in New York from 8 to 10 p.m., said Ric Harris, NBC10's general manager.
April 17, 2016
FIRST ROUND Draft: April 28-30, At Chicago 1. Rams 17. Falcons 2. Browns 18. Colts 3. Chargers 19. Bills 4. Cowboys 20. Jets 5. Jaguars 21. Redskins 6. Ravens 22. Texans 7. 49ers 23. Vikings 8. Eagles 24. Bengals 9. Buccaneers 25. Steelers 10. Giants 26. Seahawks 11. Bears 27. Packers 12. Saints 28. Chiefs 13. Dolphins *Patriots 14. Raiders 29. Cardinals 15. Titans 30. Panthers 16. Lions...
April 13, 2016 |
Some stories work in any language. It's not good news that stories about the horrific abuse of children figure among them. Game of Silence , a new drama about childhood friends reunited years after a prank gone wrong landed four of them in a nightmarish juvenile detention facility, arrives at 10 p.m. Tuesday on NBC looking like some other network dramas. There are secrets. There are lies. And there are conspiracies meant to be labyrinthine enough to stretch beyond a single season.