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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), carries out enforcement of the Federal Communications Act, requiring that a mass media station that sells air time to one candidate must provide equal time to other major candidates for that same office. The station must keep strict records of candidate requests for air time.

Equal air time: excludes appearances by a legally qualified candidate on a bona fide newscast or in on-the-spot news coverage. Censorship of political candidates by broadcasters or the public is prohibited.

You can often resolve problems with stations at the local level. If your concerns are not resolved, you can mail, fax or e-mail a complaint about a radio or TV station to the following address:

Federal Communications Commission

Enforcement Division, Mass Media Branch
445 12th Street, SW, Room 2-C334
Washington, DC 20554
(202) 418-1440
(202) 418-0232 (fax)
(888) 225-5322 (toll-free FCC telephone number)

e-mail complaints to<p> [1]
<p>The FCC encourages that you include the following information in your complaint:

  • The call letters of the station (example: kcra [channel 3], kovr [channel 13], knci [105.1 fm]);
  • The city and state where the station is located;

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