Monday, November 23, 2015

BREAKING: NBC Grants At Least Four GOP Candidates Equal Time Following Donald Trump's "Saturday Night Live Hosting" Gig, VP Tells Arizona's Politics

(UPDATE, 3:55pm: The NY Daily News' Adam Edelman is reporting that GOP Presidential candidate George Pataki has announced that he has also reached an agreement with NBC for airtime on affiliates in the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. The quote is incorporated in the article.
5:02pm: CNN is reporting that Pataki has NOT reached an agreement with NBC.)

NBC Vice President of Corporate Communications Lauren Skowronski has told Arizona's Politics
this afternoon: "In compliance with FCC regulations, NBC has come to an agreement with John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham on each candidate’s equal time requests."

Adam Edelman (NY Daily News) is reporting that former New York Gov. George Pataki has also reached an agreement with NBC. The Pataki campaign told supporters: "As a result, we will have the equivalent of 12 minutes of free airtime on NBC affiliates covering Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina," the former New York governor's presidential campaign said in an email to supporters. "This amounts to literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in free advertising on NBC affiliates."
Arizona's Politics was the first to report on NBC's Saturday Night Live equal time memos this year, and has been providing comprehensive and breaking coverage. Here are links to our previous articles.
Trump hosted SNL on November 7, and the other GOP candidates had seven days to request equal time from the stations which aired the program.  Trump had 12 minutes of airtime on the program, and the candidates will get unfiltered equal time.

Arizona's Politics will update this as details become available.

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