Mike Tillico, the host of the NBC Prime Time Olympics, will be staying in Beijing for a shorter period of time than originally planned.
Tirico’s last show from Beijing will be on Monday night. He will fly from China to NBC Sports Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, host Wednesday and Thursday, head to Los Angeles on Friday, and secure Olympic and Super Bowl coverage until Sunday.
Tirico will then return to Stanford for the final week of Olympic coverage. The tournament will end on February 20th.
Maria Taylor, who signed with NBC on the eve of the Tokyo Olympics last July, will host a show on Tuesday night while Tirico is back.
Tirico initially planned to stay in Beijing until Thursday before going to Los Angeles. However, NBC officials have repeatedly stated that Tirico’s schedule is subject to change based on COVID-19 and other factors.
This is the first time that the Olympic Games and the Super Bowl will be held at the same time. Four years ago, Tiriko missed the Super Bowl while preparing for her first Olympics as a host of Golden Time in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
NBC has announcers and hosts working at Connecticut headquarters. They have a limited group of reporters on the ground in China. NBC News Craig Melvin is still in Beijing and will host Prime Plus coverage (midnight in New York and prime time in Los Angeles) over the weekend.
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