Press: TV Politics

Campaigning for air time

In the 1976 presidential campaign, no candidate bought 30 minutes of television air time until about six months before the balloting. Election Day 1980 is still a year away, but already three top contenders are requesting half-hour spots.

The networks, in a decision that must delight sitcom fans everywhere, have refused. Stated reason: it is too early for TV politicking.

Representatives of John Connally, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter went shopping for tube time as early as mid-September. ABC and NBC told them to come back later. CBS offered each candidate...

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