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The campaign blog for Socialists in Scotland campaigning in the Livingston by-election - uniting for world socialism.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Unequal time

Unlike for the press, there is a obligation on radio and TV to mention all candidates and their party standing in a particular constituency. In the past the letter of this was respected by at least mentioning the names of all the candidates even if some were mentioned more than others. Then the TV stations dropped mentioning all the candidates in favour of rapidly scrolling the names of those not mentioned across the screen, generally too fast for people to note them properly. On radio as the way round even just mentioning all the candidates, let alone giving them equal time, the practice has been crept in of referring listeners to the BBC's website which lists them. Radio4's World Tonight programme has just done this. After giving the Labour, SNP, Liberal and Tory candidates 10 seconds each the journalist, one of the many John Knoxes that exist, simply mentioned that there were 10 candidates in all and referred listeners to the BBC news website. This isn't good enough. First, because not everybody has access to the internet and, second, those that do have are unrealistically assumed to know what the address is since it wasn't given.
In fact, it's http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4275546.stm and there is in fact a link to our website at http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb . That's OK as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough.
An official complaint has been lodged.

2 Comments:

  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger Londonsocialist said…

    They've just done it again this morning on BBC Radio4's Today programme. Another complaint has been lodged.

     
  • At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I too have written to The BBC in Scotland.

    Write to Blair Jenkins Head Of News
    in Scotland.

    WMD

     

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