— Published 20 January 2022

NBC reduces its troops in China

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the spike in Omicron cases, NBCUniversal, the exclusive US broadcast rights holder for the Games, has decided to reduce the number of its special reporters in China for the Beijing Games. According to a spokesperson for the network, quoted by USA Today, it is now agreed that the commentary teams will remain in the United States. All events, including figure skating, will be covered remotely from the NBC Sports studios in Stamford, Connecticut. Originally, NBCUniversal had planned to send its figure skating, alpine skiing and snowboarding commentary teams to Beijing, as it did for swimming and gymnastics at the Tokyo Games. But the new wave of the pandemic has led management to change its plans. NBC will be present in China, but only with reporting teams. The number of people covering the Games will, for the first time, be larger in Stamford than in Beijing. The channel’s 2022 Winter Games anchor, Mike Tirico, will be in China for the opening ceremony on Friday 4 February and for the first few days of the Games. But he will return to the US in time for the Super Bowl of American football on 13 February in Los Angeles, also broadcast on NBC.