From Medals to Minutes: Time on Camera for Men and Women During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on NBC Television

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  • 1 Communication Department, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
  • | 2 Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA
  • | 3 Department of Communication, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA
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This study assessed the time on camera dedicated to men and women athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. An analysis of all of NBC’s Olympic programming, consisting of both the flagship prime-time broadcasts and the additional content on their network, yielded nearly 230 hr of Olympic content to code. In the 62 hr of prime-time coverage, women received 57.95% of the time on camera. During the non-prime-time coverage, which spanned 167 hr, women again received the majority of clock time, accounting for 55.22%. In addition, differences by sport were uncovered with the major differences occurring in gymnastics and beach volleyball, both of which saw much more hours dedicated to the women’s competitions. Utilizing agenda setting as the theoretical framework for this study, ramifications for these broadcast trends and differences are discussed.

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