2012 Olympics

The latest news about: Guy Adams’ Twitter suspension and reinstatement; NBC’s woes.

People are watching tape-delayed Olympics even when they know who won

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The cognitive dissonance of the Olympics — our conflicting desires to know immediately who won vs. the desire to sit together at night and watch the competitions — doesn’t seem to be hurting NBC. Not only are TV ratings well above the 2008 Olympics, but it turns out that people are watching the Games at night even when they know what happened.

Peter Kafka reports:

On Sunday, 43 percent of Americans said they had heard about some of the Games’ results over the Web before they saw them on TV. But NBC argues that this turns out to be just fine: 67 percent of people who knew about the results said they would watch, anyway — more than people who hadn’t heard about the Games.

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One lesson from the Guy Adams mess: Twitter needs clear rules

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Guy Adams has only been a First Amendment hero for a few days, and already he has a career highlight: A CNN producer cautioning him against comparing himself to Nelson Mandela when Twitter reinstated his account Tuesday. Adams lost his tweeting privileges after he broadcast the work email address of NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel Friday; NBC confirmed it had filed a complaint about the tweet after Twitter alerted the network to its existence, an action Twitter apologized for Tuesday.

Adams focuses less on Twitter’s complicity than on the inconsistency with which it applied its rules, repeating his contention that Zenkel’s email was easily found on the Internet. Read more


Guy Adams’ Twitter suspension lifted as NBC withdraws complaint

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After a two-day suspension of his Twitter account, Guy Adams tweeted Tuesday afternoon:

Twitter suspended the NBC Olympics critic, a journalist for the British newspaper The Independent, this weekend based on a complaint from NBC that Adams had tweeted the email address of a network executive. NBC vice president for communications Chris McCloskey said Twitter alerted the network, its partner for the Olympic games, to Adams’ tweets. Soon after the complaint, Adams was suspended.

Adams quotes an email from Twitter today that says, “We have just received an update from the complainant retracting their original request … Therefore your account has been unsuspended.”

An unnamed NBC spokesman gave The Wall Street Journal this explanation today: “Our interest was in protecting our executive, not suspending the user from Twitter. Read more


NBC exec says Twitter alerted it to journalist’s critical Olympics tweets

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In an email to the U.K.’s Telegraph, NBC vice president for communications Chris McCloskey said Twitter flagged Guy Adams’ critical tweets about the network’s Olympics coverage to NBC’s social media department, writes Amy Willis.

“Our social media dept was actually alerted to it by Twitter and then we filled out the form and submitted it,” he wrote.

On Monday, NBC confirmed it had filed a complaint against Adams, whose account was suspended after he tweeted the work email address of NBC’s president of Olympics coverage, Gary Zenkel. In an email to Poynter, McCloskey (whose email address is available publicly) said the network had “nothing further to add.” He included NBC’s original statement:

“We filed a complaint with Twitter because a user tweeted the personal information of one of our executives.

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For AP, Olympics are the Olympics of news coverage

The Associated Press announced its 2012 Olympics coverage plan Thursday, and as you might expect it’s expansive: text packages and updates posted throughout the day, medal counts on its AP Mobile apps, interactive presentations viewable on a number of devices, and tons of photos and video.

The coverage shows the growing importance of sports coverage to the AP and its belief that sports are not just games that happen on a field, but events that tie together millions of disparate people and overlap with geopolitics, entertainment and culture.

The Olympics already has those elements. Thursday morning, for instance, the International Olympic Committee announced that Saudi Arabia will send two female athletes to the games for the first time.

“There is a recognition that sports touch everyone and there is revenue to be earned,” said Lou Ferrara, AP’s managing editor for sports, entertainment and interactive. Read more

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