Ofcom rejects SNP/Plaid objection to TV debate

A message from Ofcom brought this news today:

Ofcom today announced it has not upheld complaints received from the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Plaid Cymru about The First Election Debate broadcast on ITV1 at 8.30pm on Thursday 15 April 2010.  The political parties complained that the programme was not impartial and was also misleading.

The complaints were adjudicated by the Ofcom Election Committee which may consider complaints during an election period where it is considered that a substantive issue is raised and where the complaint, if upheld, might require redress before polling day.

The Committee considered all the submissions and evidence before it, in light of the devolved political systems in Scotland and Wales, and under the relevant provisions of the Broadcasting Code.  It decided that neither complaint should be upheld; that the broadcast of the Debate complied with sections five and six of the Broadcasting Code (concerning impartiality and election coverage); and that no remedial action was therefore required on the part of ITV licensees.

The full decisions can be found here: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv/ifi/tvlicensing/tvupdate

Read more by or more about , , or .
This entry was posted in News.
Advert

6 Comments

  • Actually Alec, the SNP’s stance on this has probably not done them any favours with the Scottish voters. Most people I’ve talked to have realised that it was pure grandstanding by the SNP – and the judge’s comments on their attempt to prevent the third debate happening are quite scathing on this.

  • As Alex Salmond doesn’t want to be Prime Minister of the UK, why should he take part in the debate ?

    There has to be some cut off point, and I would think that as a minimum, parties ought to be contesting at least half the seats and have elected MPs in parliament. Thus making it as least theortically possible they could win the election.

    That would rule out the SNP, Green, UKIP, BNP etc

    On the other hand, if the public are so keen to hear them in action, there is nothing to stop them organising their own debate – who knows they could even sell the TV rights.

  • Do you mean Nicola Sturgeon?

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarNeil Sandison 23rd Feb - 11:42am
    Welcome Nicholas and thanks for your thought provoking article .Not sure if you are not falling into your own trap by rejecting some of the...
  • User AvatarGwyn Williams 23rd Feb - 11:40am
    What parties are campaigning for a “closed, exclusionary, inward looking and pessimistic United Kingdom”? The Tories!
  • User AvatarNonconformistradical 23rd Feb - 11:35am
    "The way I see it, if you go around calling yourself a Christian then you should be following the example and teachings of Jesus. If...
  • User AvatarFiona 23rd Feb - 10:43am
    The way I see it, if you go around calling yourself a Christian then you should be following the example and teachings of Jesus. If...
  • User AvatarGeoffrey Payne 23rd Feb - 10:38am
    The question we have to ask ourselves as Liberals; What is the compelling reason that you exist so we vote for you rather than the...
  • User AvatarDilettante Eye 23rd Feb - 9:24am
    “Defending their values is hard mental work that involves playing fast and loose with the law of the land and cherrypicking facts or dismissing inconvenient...