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Day 12: NBC’s LGBT Coverage from Sochi

During day 12 of NBC’s Olympic coverage of the Sochi Winter Games, the network spent 4 minutes, 49 seconds of airtime to Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law.

TIME DEDICATED ON WEDNESDAY:  4 minutes, 49 seconds

CUMULATIVE TIME DEDICATED SINCE COVERAGE BEGAN: 1 hour, 37 minutes, 2 seconds

 

NBC

                 

                  TODAY

Johnny Weir talks about growing up and his experiences in Russia.

                  8:50:00 AM – 8:53:09 AM EST – 3 minutes, 9 seconds

                  Click here to see the interview on nbcolympics.com.

                                   

MSNBC

                  MSNBC Live

Italian gay activist was detained by Sochi police while carrying a rainbow flag.

11:51:00 AM – 11:51:16 AM EST – 16 seconds

Transcript: An Italian gay activist says she was detained by Sochi police. The woman was apparently stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read “Gay is Ok”. No comment from the cops at this point. We also don’t know whether she was charged with any offence.

 

NewsNation with Tamron Hall

Richard Engel is asked about Sochi’s protest zones and references Russia’s anti-gay laws.

11:33:06 AM – 11:34:30 – 1 minute, 24 seconds

This segment is not available online.

 

 

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.  We’ll continue tracking and updating as more data becomes available.  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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