NBC Day, Late Night Olympics to Originate at Copacabana Beach

A rendering of NBC's Daytime and Late Night studio at Copacabana Beach.
A rendering of NBC’s Daytime and Late Night studio at Copacabana Beach.

STAMFORD, CT – NBC Olympics has unveiled the set design for NBC’s daytime and late night studio, which will be located on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach.

The state-of-the-art beach studio will feature two sets; one indoor and one outdoor, a main anchor desk, an interview area, and a news update desk, all positioned to capture the panoramic views of the beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio coast line. In addition, high-definition video monitors will help showcase highlights from the Games.

“Copacabana Beach is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. It is the ideal backdrop for our daytime and late night studio,” said Michael Sheehan, Coordinating Director, NBC Olympics. “With the Beach Volleyball venue just steps away, and thousands of athletes and fans visiting Copacabana and Ipanema every day, we will be able to perfectly capture the excitement and celebration taking place in Rio during the Olympics.”  

Medical professionals have urged the Olympic Committee to delay or postpone the upcoming Games in Brazil due to fears of the Zika virus. NBC has sold over $1 billion in commercial ad time for the two-week event so is not interested in any delay or cancellation of the Games.

Ryan Seacrest will serve as host for NBC’s late night coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Hosts for NBC Olympics’ daytime coverage will be announced soon. Bob Costas will serve as NBC’s primetime Olympic host for a U.S. television record 11th time. NBC’s primetime coverage will originate from the NBC Olympics studio located inside the International Broadcast Center in Rio.

This is the first time in 24 years, since the 1992 Barcelona Games, that NBC Olympics has had a major studio outside of the International Broadcast Center (IBC). NBC Olympics’ morning show for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics originated from the Athletes Village. In addition, NBC Olympics’ presentation of the 1988 Seoul Games featured daytime and late night coverage from pagodas located outside the International Broadcast Center.

NBC Olympics’ daytime and late night studio in Rio is designed by award-winning set designerBryan Higgason, of New York based HD Studio.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics is Friday, August 5, on NBC.