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St. Louis TV Stations Get $14.2 M for Political Ads

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A new report shows St. Louis TV stations made more than $14 million from political ads in the November election.

The Alliance for Better Campaigns, which advocates free airtime for candidates, has new data that show more than $34 million went to stations across Missouri for more than 65,000 ads.

St. Louis' FOX affiliate KTVI aired the most ads (5,863) but the NBC station KSDK made the most money (6,759,654).

Illinois stations made more than $50 million dollars, but most of that was in the Chicago market.

Here's a list of how much money each St. Louis station got for airing ads:

St. Louis TV Stations & Political Ad Money
Station Affiliation Political Ad DollarsPolitical Ads Aired
KSDK NBC $6,759,654 5,707
KMOV CBS $3,512,267 3,919
KTVI Fox $2,897,002 5,863
KDNL ABC $641,715 2,435
KPLR Ind. $406,073 949
Market Totals $14,216,711 18,873

source: Alliance for Better Campaigns