- February 24, 2014
Post submitted by Charlie Joughin, HRC Press Secretary
During NBC’s final day of Olympic coverage of the Sochi Winter Games, the network spent 7 minutes, 0 seconds of airtime to Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law.
TIME DEDICATED ON Sunday: 7 minutes, 0 seconds
CUMULATIVE TIME DEDICATED SINCE COVERAGE BEGAN: 1 hour, 59 minutes, 42 seconds
XXII Winter Olympics
Host Bob Costas interviews IOC President Thomas Bach on the Sochi Games, and asks about Russia’s anti-LGBT law
1:12:26 am – 1:17:36 am EST – 5 minutes, 10 seconds
Meet the Press
National Security Adviser Susan Rice visits Meet the Press to update David Gregory with the latest information on the Ukrainian uprising and the situation’s impact on Russia.
10:36:49 am – 10:37:47 am EST – 0 minutes, 58 seconds
NBC Nightly News
The Winter Olympics come to a close in Russia after two weeks of intense competition.
6:42:01 pm – 6:42:53 pm EST – 0 minutes, 52 seconds
Beyond the athletics, these Olympic Games – really like all Olympic Games, are one big cultural exchange, a chance for people to see a country they may not know much about in a completely different light. >>They’ve really been welcoming and accepting. >> In the buildup, concerns about terrorism and criticism of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law dominated the headlines. President Vladimir Putin's $50 billion Olympic project was plagued by reports of corruption and human rights abuses. But in a busy marketplace as the games wound down it was hard to find any discontent among local shop owners. >>This city is a will the more beautiful, this woman told us. We jumped ahead by about 30 years. >> In the end, the games went smoothly. The only real surprises took place right where they belong, on the podium. Stephanie Gosk, NBC News, Sochi.
HRC has been monitoring NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on the five official Olympics networks - NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network and NBC Sports – and has tracked reporting on the anti-LGBT situation in Russia. For the full 17 day run of the Sochi Games, HRC tracked Olympic programming around the clock and provided daily reports on the time they devoted to covering the host country’s recently-passed “propaganda” law.
Check back later for a detailed analysis of NBC’s coverage throughout the entire 2014 Olympic Games. Think we’ve missed something? Let us know in a comment below.
Methodology: Through media tracking software and a team of analysts, HRC will be monitoring NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games on the five official Olympics networks - NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network and NBC Sports – and we will track reporting on the anti-LGBT situation in Russia. Because Olympic events will air sporadically throughout the 17 day run of the Sochi Games, HRC will track all programming 24 hours a day and provide daily reports on the time devoted to covering the host country’s recently-passed “propaganda” law and the current situation for LGBT Russians. If you think we’ve missed a piece of coverage, please let us know in the comments below. For more information on Russia and learn what you can do, visit HRC.org/Russia.