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6 February 2014

Channel 4 goes rainbow to wish "good luck to those out in Sochi"

Channel 4 will be rainbow branded in the colours of the gay pride flag on Friday February 7th to mark the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and will launch a major new television promotional trail to wish good luck to all athletes competing at the Games – gay or straight – with the message “good luck to everyone out in Sochi”.

The television trail will launch with a 90 second spot at 7.00pm as a ‘roadblock’ across all of Channel 4’s channels – including E4, More4 and 4Seven – and will also air just before the peak-time 9.00pm and 10.30pm junctions on Channel 4. The tongue-in-cheek promo features a ‘bear’ cabaret act singing a celebratory ‘Gay Mountain’ song in honour of all the athletes competing in Sochi. The full 90 second promo can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6RID82Ru-k

Channel 4 will also broadcast a short interview with former England rugby player and founder of the StandUp anti-bullying foundation, Ben Cohen – who talks candidly about bullying, homophobia and homophobia in sport. The interview will be broadcast just before 8pm on Friday 7th February.

The television trail is produced by the award-winning 4Creative team and features acclaimed ‘bearlesque’ act Fred Bear. The full lyrics to the Gay Mountain song are:

Be fabulous, be free
We honour our Queens
And follow the rainbow which leads to the east
Gay mountain, gay mountain
Be proud on gay mountain
Gay mountain, gay mountain
Good luck Gays, on gay mountain
Mens and all Mens and Womens and all Womens
Come together tonight, sing with pride
Gay mountain, gay mountain
Be proud on gay mountain
Gay mountain, gay mountain
Good luck gays, on gay mountain

Channel 4’s Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Dan Brooke said: “This is a typically Channel 4 way of celebrating the start of the Winter Games and showing our support to all of the athletes out in Sochi – gay or straight.”

Channel 4 has a long and established reputation for diversity and, across 2014, is broadcasting a number of major new programmes exploring gay themes and issues. Later this year, award-winning writer Russell T Davies returns to the channel fifteen years after his drama Queer as Folk was broadcast, with two new series for Channel 4 and E4 exploring the passions and pitfalls of 21st century gay life, Cucumber and Banana. Also this year, in a new documentary Dr Christian Jessen takes an extraordinary and sometimes shocking journey as he looks at past and present therapies in both the UK and USA that offer to ‘cure’ gay people who are desperate to be straight.

Earlier this week – and ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics when Russia is officially welcoming gay athletes and spectators – Channel 4 broadcast a shocking Dispatches investigation into vigilante gangs in Russia that target gay men and women – in what Russian gays have called ‘hunting season’.


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