Connie Chung and Maria Shriver are two of NBC News' brightest stars, but both may be shut out of the network's Summer Olympic coverage. This could be fallout from Kathie Lee Gifford's embarrassing performance for ABC at Calgary, which proved once again that you'd better know at least something about sports or risk being a joke in the studio.
The early line has Gayle Gardner holding down an afternoon anchor slot for the Seoul Games while Bryant Gumbel becomes the principal host in prime time. Bob Costas has been tentatively penciled in for the-late-night shift. A potential problem: Today's Jane Pauley, who is not known to be up on split times in the 400, may be paired with Jimmy Cefalo or Costas in the morning.