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Day 4: NBC’s LGBT Coverage from Sochi – 8 minutes, 1 second

During day four of NBC’s Olympic coverage of the Sochi Winter Games, the network spent 8 minutes, 1 seconds of airtime to Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law.

TIME DEDICATED ON FRIDAY:  8 minutes, 1 second
CUMULATIVE TIME DEDICATED SINCE COVERAGE BEGAN: 66 minutes, 7 seconds

NBC      

Meet the Press
David Gregory and Ambassador Michael McFaul talk about Russia’s human rights record.
Air Time: 10:43:47am EST to 10:44:29am EST – 2 minutes, 31 seconds
Click here to watch the full episode.

MSNBC

Weekends with Alex Witt
Alex Witt talks to NBC News Olympic Security Analyst Andrew Weiss about the current state of affairs at the Sochi Olympics and Russia.
Air Time: 12:51:36pm EST to 12:56:52pm EST – 5 minutes, 16 second.
Click here to watch the segment on MSNBC’s website.

Weekends with Alex Witt
During the “Fast 5 Headlines” segment, host Alex Witt mentions a protest in Australia against Russia’s anti-“propaganda” law.
Air Time: 1:38:21pm EST to 1:38:35pm EST – 14 seconds
Transcript: In Sydney Australia, thousands of people took part in a protest against Russia’s new law that bans alleged gay propaganda from reaching minors. Today’s demonstrators urged athletes and fans hold the hand of a person of the same sex.

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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