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Regulating Broadcasting During the 2015 General Election: The Ofcom Perspective

  • Adam BaxterEmail author
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Abstract

Adam Baxter reflects on the role he and his colleagues from the regulator with primary responsibility for non-BBC services played during the run-up to and during the election. Particular attention focuses on Ofcom’s responsibility for demarcating between ‘major’ and other parties and the ramifications this had for the rival campaign organisations. The controversy relating to the regulator’s adjudication on the Green party’s status is reviewed and discussed. Other functions considered include the Ofcom Broadcasting Code in relation to television and radio coverage of elections, the related complaints that emerged, and the body’s supervision of Party Election Broadcasting.

Keywords

Opinion Poll Election Campaign Labour Party Major Party Election Rule 
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OfcomLondonUK

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