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equal time

an equal amount of time on the air, which radio and television licensees are required to offer to opposing candidates for public office and to those voicing diverging views on public referendums.
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First recorded in 1960-65 Unabridged
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in broadcasting, the requirement and practice of giving equal air time to opposing candidates or a divergent point of view


The Democrats got equal time after the President's address.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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A ruling of the United States government, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, requiring that all candidates for public office be given equal access to the free or paid use of radio and television.

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