Ofcom rule change on political and election broadcasts

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Ofcom has today published updated rules on party political and referendum broadcasts, which now set a minimum obligation on the new generation of Local TV services to carry Party Elections Broadcasts for local elections.

In addition, Ofcom has published Guidance to help broadcasters comply with the Broadcasting Code when covering elections and referendums, encompassing issues such as leadership debates and the coverage of candidates. The revised Guidance also seeks to help broadcasters maintain due impartiality in their output, including suggesting various editorial techniques for broadcasters to use when complying news and current affairs programming both during and outside of election and referendum periods.

While these changes mainly affect the new local TV services, community radio operators should note that you need to make sure you are up to date with the existing rules for radio broadcasters.

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