Two of Donald Trump’s rivals for the Republican presidential nomination have requested free TV time from NBC stations under the FCC’s equal time provisions following the Nov. 7 appearance by Donald Trump as guest host of “Saturday Night Live.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Kasich and Lindsey Graham have sent letters requesting equal time from NBC stations, with the possibility remaining that other candidates are pursuing similar requests.
Trump reportedly appeared on the sketch show for 12 minutes and 5 seconds, according to NBC, and that’s exactly how much time Graham requests in a letter to Tribune-owned NBC affiliate WHO-TV in Des Moines, posted online.
A similar letter from a representative for Kasich went to NBCUniversal and NBC affiliates, but does not specify the amount of time requested.
“As The Hollywood Reporter previously reported, NBC affiliates filed notices in the wake of Trump’s SNL appearance in compliance with a rule by the Federal Communications Commission rule that affords candidates equal opportunity to airtime if a broadcast station gives another candidate airtime in anything other than a newscast or news interview program. NBC counted Trump on air for 12 minutes and five seconds during its variety program,” THR notes.