NBC officials have asked Olympic advertisers to allow silent live coverage of certain events to continue in a corner of the television screen during commercials, according to a published report.

NBC Sports executive producer Michael Weisman confirmed that the plan had been presented to certain advertisers and said some have indicated interest, the Daily News reported Tuesday.Under the plan, unprecedented in television Olympic coverage, NBC would superimpose a silent picture in the lower-righthand corner of the television screen during commercials in sports such as basketball, volleyball, cycling and long-distance track events.

NBC is hoping to avoid the harsh viewer criticism ABC was subjected to during this year's Winter Olympics.