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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