Anti-discrimination remarks from IOC President Thomas Bach that were mysteriously cut out of NBC’s telecast during the Sochi Olympics‘ opener were pre-empted for time in the U.S., the network said today. Global viewers heard the speech in its entirety in which Bach touched on Russia’s controversial anti-gay policies: “It is possible, even as competitors, to live together under one roof in harmony, with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason,” he said. NBC issued a statement, but not an apology, for the move. “The IOC’s President was edited for time, as were other speeches, but his message got across very clearly to viewers,” an NBC spokesperson told Deadline.
NBC Explains Decision To Cut IOC President’s Anti-Discrimination Remarks From Olympics Opener
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