Jim Bell Named EP of World Cup Coverage on Telemundo

By Chris Ariens 

2018 is shaping up to be a very good year for the NBC Sports Group.

On Feb. 4, the network will carry Super Bowl LII in chilly Minneapolis. Four days later NBCU begins coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. A few months later, Telemundo has the Spanish-language U.S. rights to the World Cup in Russia. Fox has the English-language rights.

SportsNewser has also learned that Jim Bell, the ep of NBC Olympics will also executive produce Telemundo’s coverage of the World Cup. It’s a return to Russia for the former Today show ep who also oversaw NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Bell, who is also being promoted to president of NBC Olympics Production & Programming, will work closely with Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCU International and Telemundo Enterprises, and Ray Warren, president of Telemundo Deportes. Bell also adds Olympic Channel programming and production to his responsibilities for coverage in PyeongChang.