“NBC Was Sending Its Star A Warning”

By Brian 

Alessandra Stanley asks: “Where in the center of the world was Katie Couric?”

She was “banished to network purdah” during the opening ceremonies of the winter Olympics. Stanley suspects “NBC was sending its star a warning.”

> Also: “Williams was smooth and assured in his new role as sportscaster, but he seemed intent on reminding viewers that he is first and foremost a serious newsman. When Costas began describing the aspirations of the Canadian hockey team, Williams tugged the conversation back to a harder news story, recalling the scandal over the controversial scoring decision against Canadian figure skaters in 2002…”