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NBC won't air liquor ads

NBC on Wednesday canceled a plan to run ads for hard liquor, responding to criticism of its desire to become the first U.S. broadcast network to air such commercials in 54 years.

NBC three months ago said it would run liquor ads, though advertisers first would have to sponsor public-service messages against drinking and driving.

Though beer and wine have been advertised on network TV for decades, liquor hasn't been promoted in the same way because of networks' self-imposed guidelines. Parent groups and lawmakers had criticized NBC for its plan. NBC's decision to run the ads had come amid the slowest ad spending market in a decade.

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