Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Savannah Guthrie will host NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, on Friday, August 5, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the network announced today.
The summer games will be Lauer’s 11th Olympics for Today, and his fifth time working the primetime Opening Ceremony broadcast. Vieira works her third Opening Ceremony for NBC. This is Guthrie’s third Olympics for Today.
“The Olympic Opening Ceremony is always a singular can’t-miss event, and this year, because it’s in Rio, you know it’s going to be a party like no other,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics, and former Executive Producer of Today (2005-12). “With Matt, Meredith, and Savannah, we’ve got the perfect team on hand to capture what will be a once in a lifetime atmosphere for our viewers.”
Tomorrow, Lauer and Guthrie will take part in Today‘s special 100 Days to the Rio Olympics-themed beach party on the plaza. It will include an exclusive interview with 22-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, and a live report from Bob Costas, host of NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage, who will be in Rio de Janeiro.
Today is working to shore up its ratings ahead of Michael Strahan’s debut on ABC’s Good Morning America in September. The week of March 21, NBC’s Today show marked its first non-Olympics week in which it ranked No. 1 both total viewers and the key news demo since June 2012. NBC is contracted to air the Olympics through the 2032 games.