Enjoying Ad Glut, Broadcasters Squeeze Out Election TV Spots

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In a move that likely will be watched closely by broadcasters nationwide, TV stations in the Washington, D.C., market are heavily curtailing the amount of discounted airtime normally offered to state and local political candidates.
In the midst of a national debate over whether broadcasters have a public interest mandate to provide free airtime for candidates, it is becoming clear that pols are having a hard time even buying airtime in D.C.

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