Ok, we have the hosts and some of the correspondents for NBC’s Olympic coverage. The names listed are not surprises. They’re pretty close to what I predicted earlier this month. Now these are hosts for NBC, not for any of the cable networks. We’ll get that list later. And we’ll get the list of the announcers and analysts plus reporters
Bob Costas hosts primetime, his 9th in primetime dating back to 1992 and his 10th overall Olympiad since 1988.
Al Michaels and Dan Patrick will host daytime coverage from London. They’ll also host weekends.
Mary Carillo hosts late night as she has during the Communist China and Vancouver Olympics.
NBC will utilize American Idol no-talent hack Ryan Seacrest as a contributor in primetime. Also being used as a correspondent will be John McEnroe. Bela Karolyi will be back with Bob Costas to be a studio analyst for gymnastics. The Bela & Bob Show in 2008 was one of the highlights of the Communist China Games.
We have the press release from NBC.
Bob Costas Returns for 10th Olympics, 9th as Primetime Host
Al Michaels & Dan Patrick to Host Daytime Show
Mary Carillo Again Anchors Late Night Show
Ryan Seacrest, John McEnroe, Bela Karolyi and Carillo to Serve As Olympic Contributors
NEW YORK – April 26, 2012 – Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, returns as the primetime host for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games, which begin Friday, July 27. For Costas, this marks his 10th Olympic broadcast assignment and his ninth as the primetime host (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sidney 2000, Salt Lake City, 2002, Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Communist China 2008, Vancouver 2010).
Al Michaels, who hosted daytime coverage at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, and Dan Patrick, making his Olympic hosting debut, will host NBC’s live weekday and weekend daytime coverage, and Mary Carillo will once again host the NBC late night show.
Additionally, top TV broadcaster Ryan Seacrest, tennis legend John McEnroe, famed gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, and Carillo, broadcasting her 11th Olympic Games, will serve as Olympic correspondents during primetime coverage on NBC.
NBC OLYMPIC HOSTS:
- The 2012 London Games will be Bob Costas’ 10th for NBC and his ninth as primetime host. After serving as late night host in 1988 from Seoul, South Korea, Costas earned acclaim for his work as primetime host from Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Turin, Beijing and Vancouver. Costas, who has the longest tenure of the network’s sports commentators, joined NBC in 1980.
- Al Michaels, one of the most renowned commentators of all-time and whose legendary “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” call at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games 32 years ago stands as one of the most famous calls in sports history, will work his second straight Olympics for NBC, serving as host of NBC’s live weekend and weekday daytime coverage from London. Michaels was the daytime host at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010, his first Olympic broadcast assignment in 22 years, when he covered hockey and hosted the Closing Ceremony at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics for ABC.
- Dan Patrick will make his Olympic hosting debut joining Michaels as host of NBC’s live weekday and weekend daytime coverage from London. Patrick, host of Football Night in America and the Dan Patrick Show, served as an Olympic correspondent for NBC in Vancouver.
- Mary Carillo will host NBC’s late-night coverage for the third time, reprising her role from Beijing and Vancouver. Carillo will also serve as an Olympic correspondent and provide a look into life in the United Kingdom through a collection of features done in her own inimitable style, similar to her acclaimed work during the Beijing and Vancouver Games. London is Carillo’s 11th Olympic Games and eighth for NBC.
- As previously announced on NBC News’ TODAY, top TV broadcaster Ryan Seacrest will make his Olympic broadcasting debut, serving as a contributor for NBC’s primetime coverage from London.
- Legendary tennis star and broadcaster John McEnroe will make his Olympic broadcasting debut in London. McEnroe, who has served as a tennis analyst for NBC since 1992, and dominated the tennis world in the 1980’s, winning three Wimbledon and four U.S. Open titles, will serve as an Olympic correspondent on NBC’s primetime coverage.
- Bela Karolyi, arguably the most successful coach in gymnastics history, is one of his sports’ most-recognized personalities. He has coached and trained world-renowned gymnasts for the Olympic Games from 1976-2004, and returns to NBC as an Olympic correspondent, the same role he filled during in Communist China.
Back with more soon.