Oxygen Network To Host Female-Friendly Olympics Programming

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NBC Universal's most recent acquisition isn't wasting time getting into the swing of things with the company's Olympics coverage.

Oxygen will carry a nightly program highlighting gymnastics during the 2008 Beijing Games as well as yet undetermined amounts of equestrian, tennis, rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming. The female-focused Oxygen will carry Olympic programming from 6-8 p.m. EST, before the NBC network's primetime coverage begins.

Bringing Oxygen into the strategy was the brainchild of NBC Uni Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol, who brought up the idea to Oxygen and Bravo Media president Lauren Zalaznick.

"I don't think anyone (at NBC Uni) has ever heard me say 'yes' fast enough," Zalaznick said.

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