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Tameside Radio reports itself for Ofcom breach

Greater Manchester community station Tameside Radio has been found in breach of the Broadcasting Code after reporting itself for not sticking to the rules.

A programme was broadcast by mistake whilst polls were open for the General Election, when discussion of the Election is not allowed. It contained a four and a half minute interview with the UKIP candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester.

The station took the repeat show off-air as soon as it realised it was being broadcast, and said sorry to listeners shortly afterwards.

Ofcom said it took into account that the Licensee brought this issue to Ofcom’s attention, and added it acknowledged Quest Media’s (the licence holder) submission that the incorrect version of the programme was broadcast in error.

The station says it has taken comprehensive measures to prevent similar incidents occurring in future, but the regulator still found the content in breach of Rule 6.4.

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