Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

UTV in breach of rules over election coverage

UTV breached the broadcasting rules in two reports on the European election, the watchdog Ofcom has pronouced.

But the broadcasting regulator also accepted the potential for unfairness to any particular political party by the reports was reduced.

It said, however: “The requirement to broadcast the name of all parties standing in an electoral area, in a constituency report, is to ensure the electorate is aware of all the prospective candidates who are standing for election — irrespective of which candidate is the subject of the report.

“In both of these reports, UTV failed to list either in sound and/or vision as required, all of the parties with a candidate standing in the elections. This resulted in a breach of the rule.”

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