Guidance related to broadcast content and standards

On 2 May 2019 there will be local (and mayoral) elections in some parts of England as well as local elections in Northern Ireland. As an aid to broadcasters, Ofcom has published a digest of evidence of past electoral support (i.e. election results) and evidence of current support (in the form of opinion polls).

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I am very much looking forward to this, as are several of our presenters. It will be a real opportunity to show where radio can shine, allowing the public to see exactly who they are voting for. The local papers aren’t interested, it’s too small for TV and too much hassle for commercial radio. Community radio can really shine in this environment.

Has anyone any experience in having done a really good election coverage they would like to share? It’s good to compare notes.


Purdah: A short guide to publicity during the pre-election period

This guide provides advice and guidance on the publicity restrictions that should be observed by local authorities during the pre-election period.

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