Ofcom reminds radio broadcasters of rules around Elections

Ofcom is reminding radio stations that they must comply with the rules for election-related programming ahead of the General Election on December 12th.

In particular, the regulator is highlighting Sections Five (Due Impartiality) and Six (Elections and Referendums) of the Code, as well as the prohibition on political advertising contained in section 321 of the Communications Act 2003 and reflected in Section 7 of the BCAP Code.

As in previous years, following the removal of the concept of larger parties from Ofcom rules and to help broadcasters to take editorial decisions during election campaigns, Ofcom has published an annual digest of past electoral and current support ahead of this General Election.

Ofcom says it will consider any breach arising from election-related programming to be potentially serious and will consider taking appropriate regulatory action, which could include the imposition of a statutory sanction.

To help, radio consultant Paul Chantler and Devaweb have teamed up to distribute an advice guide for radio stations. This short document explains everything a radio presenter needs to know to keep legal.

Download it here.

For further information about this General Election, broadcasters should visit the Electoral Commission website at electoralcommission.org.uk.

If broadcasters would find it helpful to discuss the rules in Sections Five and Six of the Code, they can contact Ofcom
via [email protected]

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7 Comments
  1. Radio Geordie says

    So how can Farage get away with being able to broadcast on LBC?

    1. Joe Smith says

      Probably because no one can take him seriously as a politician!

    2. mb23 says

      He isn’t, he finished last Thursday until after the election. Eddie Mair is doing his weekday show (Election Call 6-7pm), Iain Dale is doing his Sunday show.

  2. Simon Hucker says

    Can radio stations remind Ofcom that it’s unnecessary and undesirable for Heart stations to be in every town, city and county? Oh no, silly me – what was I thinking – that Ofcom is accountable!!!!haha!!

  3. Ron Dobbyn says

    James Whale, and Ash on Talk Radio had the right idea , getting Philip from South Norwood to talk about Scooby Doo being 50 years old. No Election mention there, just memories of Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Atom Ant, Secret Squirrel, and Funky Phantom. That great escapist radio.

  4. Richard says

    Nigel is not broadcasting until after the election.
    LBC can hire whoever they want to broadcast, out of the election period!
    If you are worried about Nigel, what about the awful O’Brian, he has 3 hours of lefty bile!

  5. NEAL says

    Pity our politicians are not as stringently regulated as our radio stations!!!!

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