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NBC ‘Confident’ in Olympic Security Measures

olympics nbc_sochi1With the Olympics just two weeks away, NBC is comfortable with the security measures in place for its 2,300 employees that will travel to Sochi, the Los Angeles Times reports:

NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel, during a conference call with reporters on Thursday to discuss NBC’s television coverage plans, said he was “confident” with the level of security being marshalled by the Russian government.”We have never seen the type of security that we are seeing in Russia,” Zenkel said. “We are overwhelmed and comfortable with the amount of security that has been deployed.”

Appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman” this week, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow talked about why she won’t be traveling to Sochi: Read more

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NBC Announces Jim Bell’s Return to Sports

NBC has officially announced that Jim Bell is leaving as EP of the “Today” show and will return to NBC Sports as executive producer of NBCU’s coverage of the Olympics. Bell, who reports to NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus, will have editorial and creative control over NBC’s Games and rejoins the NBC Olympics Unit, led by Gary Zenkel, President of NBC Olympics.

“The Olympics is one of the signature franchises in television, and for more than two decades they’ve been a huge part of my life,” said Bell. “The London Olympics was especially exciting for me, and I look forward to continuing through future Games working with so many good friends and colleagues.”

The announcement about a new executive in charge of “Today,” likely NBC News SVP Alex Wallace, could come as early as tomorrow.

NBC’s press release after the jump…

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Guy Adams Gets His Twitter Back, as He Does LIVE Interview on CNN

Guy Adams, a reporter in the Los Angeles bureau of the British paper The Independent just finished up an interview on CNN.

To get you up to speed, Twitter suspended Adams’ account after he Tweeted the corporate email address of NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel. Adams is among the vocal critics of NBC’s tape delayed broadcast of the Opening Ceremony as well as major events, airing them in primetime instead.

As the interview was underway, CNN had a “just in” banner, announcing that Adams had gotten his Twitter account back.

Adams told CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin he has “quite good reason” to suspect that Twitter suspended his account, “because they have a commercial relationship with NBC.”

“They wanted to give NBC special treatment,” he added, saying he still hasn’t been given a full explanation of why he was suspended. “I didn’t share someone’s private e-mail address. I didn’t share the address of their house. I didn’t share their phone number,” he says. “Online bullying is a serious thing and I wouldn’t want to share any information that could lead to anything that might represent a physical threat to anyone, at least of all an executive for NBC.”

As Adams was doing his LIVE interview on CNN, MSNBC was airing LIVE field hockey action: Team U.S.A. vs. Argentina.

Cash, Cramming and Ann Curry During NBC London Olympics Press Conference

We are 30 days from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and in a press conference held in the “Saturday Night Live” studio in New York, and on a conference call with reporters today, network executives and Olympics primetime host Bob Costas explained what they have planned for games.

“If you work in television, particularly in sports television, this is really the pinnacle and this is really the time everyone starts feeling the butterflies and starts getting amped up for the challenge ahead,” said Jim Bell, the EP of the London Olympics, as well as NBC’s “Today.”

Some statistics from NBCU: There will be 5,536 hours of live coverage across nine TV channels and online via authenticated streaming. NBCU has 75,000 square feet of space in the International Broadcast Centre in London, and will have 3,000 staffers to cover the games, produce “Today” and “Nightly News,” etc. Around 200 million Americans are expected to tune in to part of the games over 17 days, which underscores just how big a deal the games are for NBCU owner Comcast. Comcast spent $30 billion to secure the U.S. TV rights to the Olympic games through 2020.

That massive deal means that, at least for the upcoming games, the Olympics will be a loss leader.

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Ron Artest Will Compete In Dancing with the Stars

After back-and-forth rumors, Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest will compete in the 13th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Artest is still interested in playing for Cheshire Jets of the British Basketball League. If Artest really can’t dance like he claims, he will be free to play basketball by Oct. 1.

He will be joined by David Arquette, Chaz Bono, Elisabetta Canalis, Kristin Cavallari, Nancy Grace, Rob Kardashian, Carson Kressley, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, Chynna Phillips and Hope Solo on the season premiere Sept. 19.

So much for getting those A-listers.