Perot to precede debate

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Ross Perot will get his sought-after half-hour of TV time adjacent to the presidential debates, thanks to the American League baseball playoffs. Mr. Perot was scheduled for a half-hour time slot on NBC last Saturday, to follow game four in the Yankees-Orioles playoffs, from 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET). But his time was pre-empted when the game ran long. NBC-TV then sold him the half-hour time slot prior to Wednesday night's presidential debate, from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (originally scheduled for the "John Larroquette" show).

The replacement buy cost the Perot camp $175,000 more than his original buy, totaling approximately $515,000. The Perot/Choate '96 campaign also plans a nightly 30-minute program on Paxson Broadcasting's INTV network of 28 stations, which mainly show infomercials. The Perot shows will air Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Separately, United States Satellite Broadcasting will offer a free daily 2-minute political spot to the three presidential candidates, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole and Mr. Perot, starting Thursday. The satellite programmer says it will carry the messages four times daily on a channel that is free to subscribers.

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