Olympics: NBC monitors Korea tensions as it preps for Winter Games

SAN FRANCISCO U.S. broadcaster NBC is monitoring a confidence conditions on a Korean Peninsula and so distant does not design to change a skeleton to send a some-more than 2,000-person workforce to a Winter Games in South Korea, NBC Olympics boss Gary Zenkel pronounced in an talk on Thursday.

Tension has been high for months over North Korea’s chief and barb development, and due to fears it will control a sixth chief exam and some-more ballistic barb launches in rebuttal of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Asia’s initial Winter Olympics outward Japan will see South Korea’s alpine city of Pyeongchang and a coastal city of Gangneung horde thousands of athletes and officials when a Games start in February.

“There are apparently geopolitical issues,” Zenkel said, vocalization by telephone. “I don’t consider there’s an Olympics or any tellurian sporting eventuality but them.

“We’re all wakeful of a issues confronting that sold plcae and we’re personification tighten courtesy and staying in hold with a opposite organizations and a experts we have entrance to,” Zenkel said, adding a network gets information from a U.S. State Department.

NBC, a section of Comcast Corp, is a U.S. disdainful broadcaster for a Olympics, and it customarily uses a games to horde a best advertisers and clients on site.

It hosted hundreds of clients in Sochi in 2014 and about 1,500 in Rio final year.

In South Korea, however, NBC would not be mouth-watering guest to a Games and would instead be hosting them in a U.S. ski city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Zenkel said.

Contrary to media reports, Zenkel pronounced NBC done that preference as distant behind as 2014, and it was since of singular accommodations nearby a Olympic venues, separate to any confidence concerns.

NBC’s priority was anticipating housing for a workers, many of whom are entrance from abroad, Zenkel said. Clients who wish to go can still be invited by sponsors that are doing liberality during a Games, he added.

A 13-hour time disproportion between New York and South Korea could indeed work to NBC’s advantage for display live events such as skiing and figure skating in U.S. primary time, Zenkel said, adding that events for U.S. ski racers Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin should be a draw.

“The events in morning or early afternoon will take place in primary time when the largest assembly comes together,” he said.

(Reporting by Liana B. Baker in San Francisco; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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