NBC highlights LGBT persecution during Sochi Olympics coverage; overall trend continues

Media coverage devoted to LGBT issues in Russia decreased significantly. Nearly 40 percent was concentrated during Feb. 6-7.

Media coverage devoted to LGBT issues in Russia decreased significantly. Nearly 40 percent was concentrated during Feb. 6-7.

Earlier this week the Winter Olympics came to a close in Sochi, and the final numbers were tallied for the amount of time NBC and its affiliated networks devoted to LGBT-related protests in Russia. The result: 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 42 seconds.

The network aired more than 1,500 hours of coverage over the course of the Games, and while it may not seem like a lot (roughly 0.13 percent), this is still significant. However, the bulk of the coverage — nearly 40 percent — was devoted during the first two days of the Olympics on the heels of media attention saturated by the anti-LGBT propaganda law in the weeks leading up to them.

This largely falls in line with how controversial narratives have played out in mainstream media in previous years. Just as the Games began, a previous blog post focused on protest coverage in previous Olympics to give more context to the analysis.

What did you think of the Olympics coverage? Click here more information on the Human Rights Campaign’s in-depth analysis on the 2014 Winter Olympics for LGBT coverage

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