A lawyer for Republican presidential candidate John Kasich sent a request to NBC Universal and NBC affiliate station managers Friday, asking for equal opportunity to appear on the network following rival candidate Donald Trump‘s SNL appearance earlier this month.
The request asks “for use of the facilities that aired the November 7, 2015 episode of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ featuring an appearance by Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.” After Trump’s hosting gig, NBC stations were legally required to file a notice with the FCC about the SNL broadcast, triggering a seven-day period where rival candidates could submit requests for equal air time — in this case, totaling 12 minutes and five seconds.
Though networks are not required to feature candidates on the same show, FCC rules dictate they must provide comparable time on a comparable platform.
Two more Republican hopefuls, George Pataki and Lindsay Graham, also announced requests for comparable time from the network. Pataki submitted his request to 16 NBC affiliates inNew England that carried Trump’s SNL show, while Graham demanded 12 minutes and five seconds of airtime from WHOtv, a local NBC partner based in Iowa.
Though NBC and its affiliates have yet to announce a decision on the candidate’s requests, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters in October he would enforce FCC regulations, saying in part, “rules are rules.”
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