NBC Taps Golf Channel's Molly Solomon To Lead Olympics Production
NBC Sports has picked Golf Channel Exec Producer Molly Solomon to replace longtime Olympics production head Jim Bell, solidifying her position as the highest-ranking woman in television sports production. Solomon, who will retain her Golf Channel duties, will report to NBC Sports President Pete Bevacqua. Bell announced his departure on Nov. 4 after 29 years with NBC, leaving the net with the urgent task of finding a replacement only nine months before the Tokyo Games. Solomon, whose full title will be NBC Sports Exec Producer & President of Olympics Production, in a prepared statement called the promotion an "immensely rewarding opportunity." Solomon had a long history on the NBC Olympics team prior to taking her current job atop Golf Channel in '12. She started in '90 as a researcher, and also worked as a features producer and associate director before being promoted to coordinating producer of cable coverage in '00, and then coordinating producer of all NBC Olympics in '06. When golf returned to the Olympics at the '16 Rio Games, she produced that coverage as well.