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The Election Programmes Code only applies to election programmes that are broadcast on television or radio during the general election period. Usually, ‘election programmes’ will appear as short promotional / campaign clips for political parties or candidates, broadcast on TV or on radio.

If your complaint is about the content of another programme that may relate to the election (eg, broadcast news and current affairs coverage, satire and comment), your complaint should be made under one of the other Codes (Radio, Free-to-Air Television or Pay Television) and sent directly to the relevant broadcaster, by either using the broadcaster's Formal Complaint form, or emailing your complaint to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (we will forward it on).

To make a complaint about an election programme, you can use the BSA’s online form below. Before you make your complaint, we recommend you read the information contained here:
Election Programmes Code 

During the regulated election period for the 2017 General Election (23 June - midnight, 22 September 2017), the BSA will fast-track its determination of complaints about election-related broadcast content and 'election programmes' as defined in the Broadcasting Act. To read more about the fast-track election complaints process, see:
Fast-track complaints process for election-related broadcast content [PDF]253.78 KB 

Please note in relation to the Election Programmes Code:


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