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NBC Addresses Criticism Over Controversial Olympics Edit

President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach delivers his speech at a welcoming event of IOC ahead of the 2014 Wi
President of International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach delivers his speech at a welcoming event of IOC ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics at the Zimny Theater in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, on February 4, 2014. Putin pledged that Russia would prove a hospitable host of the Winter Olympic Games which open on February 7, 2014 in Sochi amid a litany of concerns about its suitability as a venue. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ DAVID GOLDMAN (Photo credit should read DAVID GOLDMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NBC addressed criticism over a controversial edit to its broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi over the weekend.

The network came under fire for cutting International Olympics Committee president Thomas Bach's comments from its broadcast on Friday. Bach's message, in which he called for an end to "any form of discrimination," was bold considering Russia's anti-gay legislation. NBC's editing decision ignited a firestorm on Twitter.

"The IOC President’s comments were edited for time, as were other speeches, but his message got across very clearly to viewers," an NBC spokesperson told the Wrap on Saturday.

That wasn't the only issue that critics had problems with. The hashtag #NBCfail  — which took off during the summer 2012 games— returned over the weekend. Viewers complained that NBC did not air certain events live on network television, delayed broadcasts until after the results were already known and limited online access to its livestream to viewers with cable subscriptions.

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