As NBC prepares to broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Olympics exclusively, NBC4 / KNBC announced that it is sending its own news team to provide full coverage to local viewers. From July 19 to August 8, LA presenter Daniella Guzman, NBC4 Today, who hosts the morning newscast from 4:00 am to 7:00 am PST, will cover local athletes and stories on all newscasts and digital platforms, while Veteran Sports Anchor Fred Roggin covers everything from Southern California.
“The broadcaster looks forward to bringing the 2020 Olympics live from Tokyo to our Southern California viewers, including exclusive profiles and exciting stories from our local athletes,” said Renee Washington, NBC4 Vice President of News. “Our viewers expect inspiring stories and many expected dramatic moments every day.”
NBC4’s tradition of covering the excitement of the games and portraying the many hometown heroes has been one of the station’s legacies for decades. This year, NBC4 will continue to be one large participation in the Olympics with more than 100 southern California athletes competing in Tokyo. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, competitions will not allow fans, but NBC4 coverage will capture local families cheering athletes from their homes, neighborhoods and public venues across Southland.
Guzman previously reported live from Rio for the morning news on NBC4 Today in LA and delivered the biggest moments, including winning the gold medal for the U.S. Final Five gymnastics team. In Tokyo, she will cover two new Olympic sports, skateboarding and surfing, both of which are deeply rooted in the neighborhood. In addition, Guzman will cover the games as well as the rich culture and diverse population of the region up close. She is accompanied by award-winning photographer Bryan Williams, a longtime NBC4 broadcast engineer who has also covered Rio, the Super Bowl and the NBA finals.
NBC4’s Olympic Zone, a 30-minute show hosted by legendary sports host Fred Roggin and highlighting local athletes, will air Monday through Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the duration of the Games. The veteran journalist has covered all the Olympic Games locally, nationally and from countless nations around the world for both NBC4 and NBC Sports since 1984.
NBC4 will also feature a series of “Life Connected” stories with multiple reporters covering the athletes’ resolve, triumph over adversity and the Olympic spirit in all of us, airing on NBC4 News every Friday at 4pm an integral part of celebrating community diversity since 2013.
NBC4 news programs during the Olympics will air weekdays starting with Today in LA from 4:30 am to 7:00 am, followed by NBC4 News at 3:00 pm, NBC4 News at 4:00 pm and culminating in NBC4 News 11:00 pm produces content on the NBCLA app and OTT platforms around the clock, including “The Rundown”, which reports the entire day’s news in less than 10 minutes every day.
Nationally, NBC will showcase more than 7,000 hours of exclusive coverage of its numerous on-air properties and digital platforms from Friday July 23 for the opening ceremony to Sunday August 8 for the closing ceremony.
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