Mike Tirico, the NBC primetime Olympics host, will be in Beijing for a shorter period of time than initially scheduled.
Tirico’s last program in Beijing will be on Monday night. He’ll fly from China to NBC Sports’ offices in Stamford, Connecticut, to host the events on Wednesday and Thursday before flying to Los Angeles on Friday to lead Olympic and Super Bowl coverage through Sunday.
Tirico will then return to Stamford for the Olympics’ final week of coverage. The Games will end on February 20.
While Tirico is flying back, Maria Taylor, who signed with NBC on the eve of last summer’s Tokyo Olympics, will host Tuesday night’s show.
Tirico was supposed to stay in Beijing until Thursday before flying to Los Angeles. NBC executives, on the other hand, have stated that his timetable is open to change due to COVID-19 and other variables.
This is the first year when the Olympics and Super Bowl are held together. Tirico missed the Super Bowl four years ago because he was preparing for his first Olympics as a primetime host in Pyeongchang.
NBC’s announcers and hosts are based in the company’s headquarters in Connecticut. It has a small number of correspondents on the ground in China. Craig Melvin of NBC News is still in Beijing and will broadcast “prime plus coverage” (late night in New York, prime time in Los Angeles) during the weekend.
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