Political parties fight broadcast curb

By Our Parliamentary correspondent, campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 05 December 1997 12:00AM

The number and length of party political broadcasts (PPBs) would be cut under proposals submitted to the political parties by the BBC and ITV.

The number and length of party political broadcasts (PPBs) would be

cut under proposals submitted to the political parties by the BBC and

ITV.



The broadcasters want to move PPBs from their slots around the evening

news bulletins to off-peak hours and scrap the extra broadcasts allowed

after the Budget and before local council elections.



Under the plans, the party election broadcasts in the run-up to a

general election could also disappear - costing Labour and the Tories,

who currently have five slots, an estimated pounds 5 million of free

airtime each. Instead, parties could use some of their annual allocation

of PPBs in the run-up to the polling day.



The maximum length of PPBs, now ten minutes, would be cut to five,

ruling out the detailed portraits of party leaders seen at recent

elections.



The broadcasters are also prepared to consider the plan floated by

Labour in the last Parliament for two-minute slots, which would make

PPBs much more like commercials.



The political parties, which will begin talks with BBC and ITV chiefs in

the next few weeks, are expected to oppose some of the planned

changes.



They are unlikely to agree to the idea of losing their prime-time

slots.



The allocation of pre-election broadcasts will also be discussed. There

will be moves to stop pressure groups such as the anti-abortion Pro Life

Alliance winning a slot if they contest 50 Parliamentary seats, as

allowed under the present rules.



This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

X

You must log in to use Clip & Save

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Additional Information

Campaign Jobs