WKMG’s election coverage plans include free airtime for candidates

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It’s almost 2012, and WKMG-Local 6 join its fellow Post-Newsweek stations in offering free airtime to candidates in the upcoming election.

In a news release out Monday, Post-Newsweek said its six stations would offer “free airtime and free web time opportunities to candidates in the 30 days preceding the general elections. The Free Airtime will give candidates a unique ability to directly address and describe why voters should cast their vote for them.”

In addition, P-N said that each of its stations will¬†devote at least 10 minutes each weekday to locally produced political news coverage during the political season. “The coverage will continue throughout the entire broadcast day from the all-important early morning news to the early evening and late newscasts,” according to the news release.

WKMG and the other Post-Newsweek stations will also look for opportunities allowing candidates to participate in on-air debates and town hall meetings during key time-periods. In addition to WKMG, the other P-N stations are WPLG-ABC 10 in Miami, WJXT-Channel 4 in Jacksonville, WDIV-NBC 4 in Detroit, KPRC-NBC 2 in Houston and KSAT-NBC 12 in San Antonio.

Read the full news release here.

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