Definition of equal time in English:

equal time


  • (in broadcasting) a principle of allowing equal air time to opposing points of view, especially to political candidates for two or more parties.

    • ‘So I called them back, offered equal time to explain things.’
    • ‘I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms.’
    • ‘I'm going to give Senator Durbin equal time on that in just a moment.’
    • ‘I had to negotiate some equal time with a little boy who wanted to play with the big painting easel, but it worked well.’
    • ‘Regulate TV food ads aimed at children and mandate equal time for pro-nutrition messages.’
    • ‘According to the Salt Lake Tribune, backers of ‘divine design’ want equal time in Utah public schools.’
    • ‘When Nichols contacted me, I figured that it was only fair to offer him some equal time.’
    • ‘There is no equal time here - in fact, no time at all.’
    • ‘That doctrine required broadcasters airing political opinions to provide equal time for opposing views.’
    • ‘Dropping equal time requirements in political races has allowed some networks to provide a single point of view.’
    • ‘They, along with the networks and newspapers, dealt California a fatal blow by refusing to give equal time to other candidates.’
    • ‘I also suggest asking for equal time for other points of view.’
    • ‘He spoke of the parliamentary system - and how candidates for office are given equal time on TV, and campaigns are funded fully.’
    • ‘Finally, interested town councillors could also be invited and given equal time with Bradford to put their views and concerns.’
    • ‘They reportedly plan to define the programme as news, which under broadcasting law does not require equal time to be given for a response.’
    • ‘I think you've gotten just about equal time so far.’
    • ‘Permitting all viewpoints equal time is censorship.’
    • ‘Finally, he had had enough, and asked for equal time.’
    • ‘Any time reporters wrote stories about global warming, industry-funded naysayers demanded equal time in the name of balance.’
    • ‘Reporters and debaters too often fall into the cognitive trap created by years of compare and contrast essays, giving equal time to both sides of the coin.’