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VIDEO: NBC-Affiliate’s Sports Director Blows Up at Bob Costas After Olympic Coverage Goes Long

WTLV sports director Dan Hicken, who has been covering sports for the Jacksonville NBC-affiliate since the 80s, delivered an angry on-air rant against Bob Costas and NBC during a recent newscast after the network’s Olympic coverage ran long and bumped the start of East Coast affiliates’ late newscasts well past midnight (video above).

“Bob, when it’s 12 o’clock, you say Goodnight,” Hicken yelled at the beginning of his sports update, which began at 12:31 a.m.  “You don’t care because you’re sleeping right now.”

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NBC-Affiliate’s Web Producer Calls Viewers ‘Whiners’ For Complaining About Olympic Spoilers

NBC’s decision to air marquee Olympic events on tape delay has put the network’s primetime coverage at odds with the instant information culture of the internet, forcing viewers to shield their eyes as they scroll through news sites to avoid potential spoilers.

KHQ, the NBC-affiliate in Spokane, had to deal with viewer backlash this week after the station posted the headline “US Women WIN Gymnastics Gold!” on its Facebook page Tuesday morning, hours before NBC was set to air the competition.

KHQ web producer Jared Frank responded to criticism from viewers by calling them “whiners.” Read more

NBC to Stream Every Sport at 2012 Olympics Live

When the 2012 Summer Olympics begin this July, viewers will be able to watch all 32 sports live on their computers.

NBC plans to stream the entire Olympics live on nbcolympics.com, with just one catch: the big events that will air on delay during NBC’s primetime show will not be archived on the site until after the broadcast.

NBC believes that giving viewers the ability to watch events live during the day will actually help the primetime broadcast.

“We’re not scared of cannibalization,” Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital Media, told The New York Times.  “Anytime you have a great event that happens before it shows on the air, it increases ratings and generates buzz.” Read more