The AP’s David Bauder writes about what might be in store for the networks of NBC Universal next week with the Michael Phelps show near an end. Bauder also writes about the off-the-field news and how NBC has reported it:
During the first week, NBC has done little to upset its hosts. Two of the biggest stories — the stabbing of two Americans by a suicidal man and revelation that a cute girl singing during the opening ceremony was a lip-syncher — were covered during the daytime. But the stabbings were only briefly mentioned during prime-time and the lip-synching wasn’t mentioned at all. Attendance problems at venues also hasn’t drawn notice.
Except for a Tom Brokaw retrospective on opening night and Bob Costas’ thorough interview with President Bush, the focus has been almost entirely on sport. Mary Carillo has kept her travelogues light. Mark Mullen’s hard look at China’s effort to groom Olympic stars was shown on the “Nightly News.”