Qualification Criteria

Party Election Broadcasts

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.

Since 2017, the BBC is subject to the Ofcom Code, which sets out the criteria for PEBs in first-past-the-post elections.

Ofcom published a guidance note on 11th January 2021, with regard to: “The treatment of independent candidates under Ofcom’s PPRB Rules”

Party Political Broadcasts

Qualification Criteria is contained in the Ofcom rules on Party Political and Referendum Broadcast section 21 and 22.

Referendum Campaign Broadcasts

The BBC’s criteria for allocation of Referendum Campaign Broadcasts (RCBs) in the UK referendum on EU membership can be read here.