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In light of the upcoming general election, today we published guidance for broadcasters, political parties and candidates and the public on standards that apply to election related broadcasts. These include a BSA Quick Guide to Election Programmes, Guidance for Complainants, Guidance for Broadcasters and Guidance for Political Parties.

The BSA’s role in respect of election-related material is to address complaints about the content of election programmes broadcast on television or radio, and assess whether they breach the Election Programmes Code. Broadcast programmes that touch on election matters, but which are not election programmes, are subject to the usual broadcasting standards for radio, free-to-air television and pay television.

We have worked with the Electoral Commission, the Press Council and the Advertising Standards Authority to prepare this guidance.  

You can read the updated guidance notes here.