Radio Exe in breach over election rules

Radio Exe has been found in breach over coverage of local elections in its news bulletins.

Ofcom received a complaint about news items during the 8am and 9am bulletins on the day of the Exeter local government elections on 3rd May, while polls were open. They included analysis of the possible outcome of the election.

In response to a request for comments on this, the station apologised for what was “a clear mistake” and apologised for the broadcasts. It explained that the two news items were intended to “round-up” its coverage of the election, which had included content from each of the four main Parties, but “evidently should have been transmitted before 7am, on the day before or not at all”.

It added that it is a small station and this happened when they had no full-time journalists, but had taken steps to rectify this by appointing a news editor to tighten its compliance processes, and that it had considered its future coverage of local democracy in light of the complaint.

Ofcom’s decision was that the two news items included statements on the likely outcome of the local election taking place on that day. These statements constituted discussion and analysis of election issues broadcast while the polls were open and that these were breaches of Rule 6.4.

 

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3 Comments
  1. neal says

    Rule 6.4!!!!!!!!!!! Where are their rules to prevent mass job losses and the continuing mowing down of every station in site by the you know who companies. As usual Ofcom worried about the crack in a window while the entire front of the building has been blown away and yet again as Ofcom just love doing bashing the little guys while the giants are allowed to walk on water!! Made even worse in here as this local station should have been allowed to take the Torbay 105.5 frequency from the Breeze but it’s the big guns all the way!!! Sad times!

    1. mb23 says

      This is irrelevant. It’s an offence to comment on elections when the polling stations are open. It’s a breach of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    2. Nick says

      Ofcom have moved with the times. Shame you haven’t Neil

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