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 by responses by the main opposition parties.

BLG Member Organisations

  • BBC

    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.

  • ITV

    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.

  • STV

    Joan Darroch
    Head of Compliance and Data Governance Manager


    Pacific Quay
    Glasgow
    G51 1PQ

    Tel: 0141 300 3311

    STV makes airtime available for Party Election Broadcasts ("PEBs"), Party Political Broadcasts ("PPBs"), and Referendum Campaign Broadcasts ("RCBs") as required under Ofcom's Broadcasting Code(s). 

  • UTV

    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

  • Channel 4

    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.

  • Five

    Martin Stott

    22 Long Acre
    London
    WC2E 9LY

    Tel: 020 7550 5655


    Five makes airtime available at general elections and European elections.

  • Sky

    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

  • S4C

    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

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

  • Classic FM

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

  • talkSPORT

     

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

  • The Electoral Commission

    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.