Day 9: NBC’s LGBT Coverage from Sochi
February 15, 2014 by Charlie Joughin
During day 9 of NBC’s Olympic coverage of the Sochi Winter Games, the network spent 32 seconds of airtime dedicated to Russia’s anti-LGBT “propaganda” law.
TIME DEDICATED ON FRIDAY: 32 seconds
CUMULATIVE TIME DEDICATED SINCE COVERAGE BEGAN: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 49 seconds
Squawk on The Street
Vladimir Putin visited the USA House at the Olympics in Sochi, despite tension between Russia and the US over Russia's anti-gay laws
Air Time: 10:44:00 AM – 10:44:32 AM EST – 32 seconds
Transcript: We’ve been talking all week about where Vladimir Putin has been showing up. Just moments ago guys he showed up at USA House. The US Olympic Team just tweeted out this photo of him visiting. Apparently visitors were absolutely stunned. There had been a lot of tension about some of the members of the US Delegation, some openly gay athletes. He reportedly got a gift bag and even a Valentine’s Day pin.
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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