Medvedev said 'no' to time change

Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM
| License Photo

MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev discouraged reinstating daylight saving time even though lucrative broadcast rights for the Olympics are at stake.

While he was president, Medvedev decided Russia should abandon daylight saving time, meaning that during the winter many people wake up, go to school and work and return home, all in the dark, The New York Times reported Friday.

If daylight time is not reinstated, the airing of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics would be off by at least an additional hour compared to the rest of the world. This is a particularly significant difference for much of the rest of Europe, which would be either 2 or 3 hours behind Russia during the Games, the report said.

The closer the two times, the better for broadcast rights in Europe worth billions of dollars if the Games are broadcast during prime time, the Times reported.

"The government finds a new correction of time in the current period unadvisable," Medvedev said, preferring to preserve the change he made in 2011.

The International Olympic Committee said it has not officially asked President Vladimir Putin to reinstate daylight saving time, but did ask Russia's Olympics planning team to consider the issue.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall