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Delaware Public Access Station ‘Forgets’ To Air Christine O’Donnell 30 Minute Ad… Twice; Updated

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By Doug Powers  •  November 1, 2010 02:39 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Christine O’Donnell’s campaign has had some problems in airing their 30 minute ad:

The campaign did not purchase advance time on networks in the Philadelphia or Delaware markets, said a source close to the O’Donnell campaign, and the networks did not have time available to air the ad on such short notice.

So O’Donnell turned to a public access television station, Delaware Channel 28. She told supporters at a Tea Party Express rally on Sunday in Wilmington to watch that night at 11:30. “Tell everyone to tune in,” she said at the rally.

“1 minute until the premiere of our 30 minute feature. Tune in to meet all the heart warming people I’ve met on the campaign trail. Ch. 28,” O’Donnell tweeted Sunday night.

But the ad never aired.

A few minutes later, O’Donnell tweeted: “Okay… this is NOT our show! Must be a programming mix up. We will get back to you…”

The source, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive campaign operations, said the station “forgot to air it.”

Then on Monday morning, O’Donnell’s campaign issued a press release saying the ad would air on Channel 28 at 10 a.m. The candidate tweeted: “The Inspiring TV show about Delawareans will air at 10 am and 3 pm today on Channel 28. Please watch this before you vote.”

And again, it did not air.

“This isn’t our show either! We are told channel 28 ‘forgot’ to air it…both times… even though we paid for the time slot last week,” O’Donnell tweeted shortly after 10 a.m.

Officials at the station could not immediately be reached for comment.

O’Donnell wrote that the station was reminded before the make-up airing that they also “forgot” to run:

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But when I checked channel 28 of Delaware public access, I saw that they have finally managed not to forget to put O’Donnell’s ad on the air (it’s being streamed live on the web right now at least):

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If she wanted serious air time, O’Donnell should have gone to the MSM Halloween party dressed as Barack Obama and ABC would have given her an entire hour.

Update: Here’s the station’s side of the story.

Update II: By the way, you can watch the video here.

An O’Donnell press release states that the station did begin airing the ad this afternoon.

**Written by Doug Powers

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