NBC Sports & Olympics has tapped “Today” executive producer Jim Bell to lead its 2012 coverage of the London Olympic Games. Bell spent 16 years at NBC Sports & Olympics before joining the iconic morning program in 2005. He will work closely with NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel and NBC Sports & Olympics chief Mark Lazarus, and will also continue to serve as EP of the news program.

“Jim’s unique background in both sports and news at NBCUniversal makes him the perfect choice to lead our London Olympics production,” said Lazarus in a statement. “He knows the people at NBC Sports, the intricacies of the Olympics, and how to work within NBCUniversal. Jim’s leadership combined with the extensive experience of our existing Olympic production team — led by head of production Bucky Gunts, coordinating producer Molly Solomon, creative director Mark Levy, and executive editor Joe Gesue — has us well positioned to present the London Olympics in a manner consistent with the high standards that viewers have come to expect from NBC.”

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