Couric To Co-Host Olympic Opening Ceremony on NBC

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"The Opening Ceremony will be a chance for South Korea to share its culture and customs and for the global community to celebrate this unparalleled display of athletic achievement and sportsmanship".

Katie Couric will return to NBC to co-host the Opening Ceremony for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, it was announced today by Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming.

NBC hasn't aired an Opening Ceremony live since 2010 in Vancouver.

The decision to live-stream the ceremony starting at 6 a.m. ET in the United States takes some critical heat off NBC.

Following the Opening Ceremony, Couric will contribute to NBC's coverage during the 16-day sports event. That means the West Coast "prime-time" broadcast will begin at 5 p.m.

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Hoda Kotb would have been a natural pick to host the opening ceremony, but Bell said he didn't want to burden her when she just got the new lead job at "Today".

The announcement was made Wednesday, at the network's PyeongChang Winter Games press event at NBC headquarters in NY. She has previously hosted Opening Ceremonies during Olympics in Sydney, Salt Lake City and Athens.

The Opening Ceremony will air February 9 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

The thaw in relations between North and South Korea - however temporary - adds an intriguing element to an Olympics that has had little advanced buzz.

The Peacock came under fire when NBC Sports executive John Miller said people who watch the Olympics are not necessarily sports fans, "More women watch the games than men, and for the women, they're less interested in the result and more interested in the journey".

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