equal time

noun
an equal amount of time on the air, which radio and television licensees are required to offer to opposing candidates for public office and to those voicing diverging views on public referendums.

Origin:
1960–65

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Main Entry:  equal time
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in broadcasting, the requirement and practice of giving equal air time to opposing candidates or a divergent point of view
Example:  The Democrats got equal time after the President's address.
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equal time definition


A ruling of the United States government, administered by the Federal Communications Commission, requiring that all candidates for public office be given equal access to the free or paid use of radio and television.

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Example sentences
When these issues are presented on a campus there should be equal time for both
  sides to express their opinions.
Cookies will bake more evenly if they spend equal time on the top and bottom
  racks of the oven.
Accent normally appears at equal time intervals and an accented syllable tends
  to acquire length.
It's the commentator's role to allow equal time for each candidate.
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