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Day 1: NBC’s LGBT Coverage from Sochi – 18 Minutes, 40 Seconds

TIME DEDICATED ON THURSDAY: 18 minutes, 40 seconds
CUMULATIVE TIME DEDICATED SINCE COVERAGE BEGAN: 18 minutes, 40 seconds

Last night NBC began its official coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  Within the first minute of the broadcast, NBC anchor Bob Costas referenced Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law, later devoting over 6 minutes to the issue in an in-depth interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick and Russian-American journalist Vladimir Pozner. 

NBC

Bob Costas interview with David Remnick and Vladimir Pozner
Air time: 8:01 pm EST – 32 seconds, 8:36 pm EST – 6 minutes 25 seconds

 

MSNBC

Journalist Masha Gessen and Dartmouth College Professor Jeff Sharlet talk with Chris Hayes about Russia and the Winter Games.
5:35pm EST - 11 minutes, 53 seconds
Click here to watch the segment on MSNBC's website.

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. For the full 17 day run of the Sochi Games, HRC will track Olympic programming around the clock and provide daily reports on the time they devote to covering the host country’s recently-passed “propaganda” law. 

Check back tomorrow at HRC.org/Russia to see how much time NBC devotes to the issue.   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.

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