About us

The Broadcasters' Liaison Group was formed in 1997 and comprises of representatives of each of the broadcasters who make airtime available to registered political parties and to designated organisations in referendum campaigns.

Each broadcaster is responsible for deciding the allocations made available to a political party. However, through the BLG, broadcasters work together with the Electoral Commission to ensure a consistent approach.

Meetings of the BLG are chaired by the BBC's Chief Adviser, Politics.

The group meets from time to time to co-ordinate the criteria which each broadcaster applies in determining the amount of airtime to be made available.

Broadcasting opportunities made available to political parties fall into three categories:

  • Party Election Broadcasts (PEBs), which are offered to qualifying political parties, registered with the Electoral Commission, in the run-up to elections
  • Party Political Broadcasts (PPBs)
  • Ministerial Broadcasts, which, in exceptional circumstance, are offered to the government followed normally, by responses by the main opposition parties.

Member Organisations

Ric Bailey

Chief Adviser, Politics 

Editorial Policy

BBC Broadcast Centre

BC2 A1

201, Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

Tel: 020 800 81805

The BBC makes airtime available at general and European elections. In the Nations, airtime is made available for elections to devolved institutions and for local government.

Chris Wissun

Director of Programme Compliance

2 Waterhouse Square

140 Holborn

London EC1N 2AE

Tel: 020 7157 3000

The ITV regions make airtime available at general elections, European elections and local government elections. Airtime is also made available to the major parties for Party Political Broadcasts. ITV1 Wales also makes airtime available at elections to the Welsh Assembly and for local government elections in Wales.

Joan Darroch

Head of Compliance

Pacific Quay

Glasgow

G51 1PQ

Tel: 0141 300 3311

STV makes airtime available for [4 X seasonal broadcasts] to the Scottish Parliament and for local government elections in Scotland in addition to the commitments of the ITV Network. In addition to the commitments of the Ch3 Network, STV carries Party Election Broadcasts (“PEBs”), Party Political Broadcasts (“PPBs”), Referendum Campaign Broadcasts ("RCBs") and Local Election Broadcasts in Scotland.

Chris Hagan

Editor of News

City Quays 2

7 Clarendon Road

Belfast

BT1 3BG

Tel: 028 90 262000

In addition to the commitments of the ITV network, UTV makes airtime available at elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly and for local government elections in Northern Ireland

Heather Jackson

Legal & Compliance

124 Horseferry Road

London

SW1P 2TX

Tel: 020 7396 4444

Channel Four makes airtime available at general elections. In addition airtime is also made available to the major parties and the main minor parties through ‘The Political Slot', 16 of which are allocated annually.

Janet Maclay

17-29 Hawley Crescent

London

NW1 8TT

Tel: 020 3580 3399

Channel 5 makes airtime available at general elections and European elections.

Peter Lowe

Assistant Editor

Sky News

Grant Way

Isleworth

Middlesex

TW7 5QD

Tel: 020 7585 4418

Sky News makes airtime available on a voluntary basis at general elec

Iestyn Morris

Head of Legal and Business

S4C

S4C Headquarters: Yr Egin

Carmarthen

Wales

SA31 3EQ

Phone: +44(0)3305 880466

S4C makes airtime available at general elections and European elections, elections to National Assembly for Wales and for local government elections.

Absolute Radio, in line with a number of other national commercial radio stations, carries campaign broadcasts during general election and referendum campaigns.

Classic FM carries Party Election Broadcasts (‘PEBs”) for general elections and Referendum Campaign Broadcasts (“RCBs”) for UK referendums

talkSPORT, in line with a number of other national commercial radio stations, carries campaign broadcasts during general election and referendum campaigns.

Niki Nixon

Head of External Communications

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row

London, EC1Y 8YZ

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 requires the proposed criteria for Party Election Broadcasts to be sent to the Electoral Commission for comment. They attend BLG meetings as an observer.

Further information about UK elections