Ofcom Broadcasting Code – Elections

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With upcoming elections (local and mayoral) Ofcom would like to remind all stations and licence holders where to find information about the Broadcasting Code rules which apply during election and referendum periods.

During election periods special impartiality rules apply and they are set out in Section Six of the Code:


The relevant Guidance Notes are at:


At ALL times there are rules which apply to broadcasters concerning ‘due impartiality’ and ‘due accuracy’ and ‘undue prominence of views and opinions on matters of political or industrial controversy and matters relating to current public policy’. These rules are included in Section Five of the Broadcasting Code:


The Section Five guidance notes are at:


In addition please find below a copy of the note to broadcasters found in the Broadcast Bulletin 202 (p5) together with a previously circulated article on broadcasting during an election which you might also find useful.

Election broadcasting article 2010

Note to Broadcasters Election and Referendum programming March 2012


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