The Broadcasting Commission reminds all broadcasters and members of the public of the requirements for political broadcasts, as set out in the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Act and the Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations, 1996.
Identification of Political Party/Sponsor
All political broadcasts including advertisements must identify the party or sponsor at the beginning and end of the broadcast.
Broadcasters must give equal air-time access to all political parties and candidates. Any financial concessions made for women broadcasters for air-time to a political party or candidate must also be offered on the same terms to other parties and candidates.
- be abusive or derogatory of anyone\'s race, colour, creed, religion or sex - Regulation 30(b);
- Regulation 30(c);
- contain any false or misleading information - Regulation 30(f);
- contain any material which might incite violence, criminal activity or any public disorder - Regulation 30(k);
- include any portrayal of violence that offends against good taste, decency or public morality - Regulation 30(l)
Complaints about alleged breaches must be made to the Broadcasting Commission at the earliest opportunity. The Broadcasting Commission would need the following information to proceed with an investigation:
- Name of broadcast or cable service that transmitted the material;
- Date and time at which the broadcast was aired;
- Name of the programme in which the broadcast was aired;
- Details of the content being complained about.