Candidate says request to alter speech for airing on WGTE showed bias

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The Republican candidate for Lucas County (Ohio) auditor on Wednesday (Sept. 22) accused Toledo’s WGTE-TV/Channel 30 of favoring the Democratic incumbent, according to the Toledo Blade. Gina Marie Kaczala said she was told by a WGTE production assistant that part of her two-minute campaign speech for broadcast was “inappropriate.” Kaczala later discovered that the assistant’s brother-in-law is on the staff of the incumbent, Anita Long. Marlon Kiser, president WGTE, denied Kaczala’s charges. He said that part of her speech was negative, and the station does not allow attack statements in its candidate statement segments. Kiser told the paper that a station attorney who specializes in Federal Communications Commission regulations advised him to allow Kaczala to read the speech, which she did.

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