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Broadcasting, balance, and blacklists

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Angela Patrick dissect the intricacies of how media outlets must report on the upcoming general election and avoid falling foul of regulations

17 May 2017

With less than a month to go before voters go to the polls on 8 June, the newspapers, airwaves, and social media are awash with coverage of the general election. A key topic is the lack of a televised head-to-head UK-wide leaders’ debate involving Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn – although north of the border, Nicola Sturgeon will face her rivals in a live televised debate on STV.

Other complaints include BBC coverage of UKIP, with the Green party describing as ‘galling’ the decision to give Paul Nuttall two dedicated 30-minute BBC shows prior to the election whereas the Greens have none. Many Twitter users have made the same joke after UKIP’s collapse in the recent local elections: they may have lost all their seats, but at least they’ve got a safe seat on BBC Question Time.

In the past few days Michael Crick, Channel 4 News

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