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.

BLG 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

    Ormeau Road

    Belfast

    BT7 1EB

    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.

  • Martin Stott

    22 Long Acre

    London

    WC2E 9LY

    Tel: 020 7550 5655

    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.

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