Today executive producer Jim Bell will executive produce NBCUniversal’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. He will succeed former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, who executive produced every Olympics from 1992 until his abrupt departure in May over a contractual dispute when he was replaced by Mark Lazarus. Bell will also continue to oversee all aspects of Today but will probably relinquish day-to-day responsibilities during the games. Before joining Today in 2005, Bell spent 16 years with NBC Sports & Olympics and has worked on every Olympic Games NBC has broadcast since 1992 in either sports (1992, 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2004) or news (2006, 2008 and 2010). Bell won Emmys for his work on the 1992, 1996, 2000 & 2002 Olympics and a Peabody for NBC’s coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony. UPDATE: Also involved in NBCU’s coverage of the London games will be Dick Ebersol. According to NYT, Ebersol will serve as an advisor to the NBC Olympics production team as part of a larger role as a special advisor to the network.
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