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Editor's Viewpoint: UTV move hasty

Given the strict regulations governing broadcasting coverage of elections, UTV faced a dilemma over well-respected news anchor, Linda Bryans.

Her husband, Mike Nesbitt, is running as an Ulster Unionist candidate in the general election, a fact which the broadcaster would have had to signpost on every news programme featuring Linda, effectively giving him extra publicity.

The station had little option but to drop Linda from news broadcasts until after an election, but it could be argued that it has acted hastily, given that the election has not yet been called. She is a broadcaster of huge experience and total professionalism, and it will be good to see her back on our screens once the poll is over.

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