NBC TV to air Olympics Games for 2,900 hoursJuly 10th, 2008 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 10 (Xinhua) The US NBC TV station’s plan of 2,900 hours of live coverage on the coming Beijing Olympics Games, top the total US TV hours — 2,562 — for all previous Summer Games combined, according to a news report. The marathon coverage of the Olympics Games was compared by the USA Today report Wednesday to coverage on the first landing of human on the moon.
According to the TV station’s Beijing TV schedule released Tuesday, the thousands of hours of live coverage would include all 32 swimming finals and the team and individual finals in men’s and women’s gymnastics.
It also said that the live hours would be spread across NBC and its cable outlets.
The unprecedented long live coverage is made possible because the Games organizer scheduled big-time morning action that NBC can air live in prime time, so the TV does not need to hold key events to the prime time.
Beijing time is exactly 12 hours ahead of Eastern time.
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