Donald Trump’s recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live” drew blockbuster ratings for NBC—and potentially opened up a can of worms for the network in the form of equal time for other Presidential candidates.
Now, two candidates—John Kasich and Lindsey Graham—say they want equal time on NBC. Womble Carlyle telecom attorney John Garziglia tells The Hollywood Reporter that the issue may not be so simple for Kasich and Graham.
Garziglia says the television stations, not the network, are required to provide equal time. Also, some shows fall under the equal time requirement, while others don’t. Finally, the actual definition who is a candidate can be a factor in determining equal time.
Click here to read Garziglia’s comments to the Daily Mail as well.
John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.
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