BBC exclude UKIP from election programmes in Norwich

Glenn Tingle, the UKIP candidate for the Norwich North by-election, has been excluded from a BBC election hustings programme.

Craig Murray, one of Glenn Tingle’s opponents in the election, says that “many more people have told me that they are voting UKIP, than have said they are voting for any other party”. Feedback from the dozens of UKIP campaigners on the streets every day in Norwich tells much the same story – that Glenn Tingle is currently the lead candidate in Norwich North.

So why is the BBC – required by law to be an independent and impartial broadcaster – excluding the UK’s second largest European party and the party with the leading candidate in the election from a televised hustings? Well, there’s only one way to find out …

The BBC is producing a televised election hustings for the Norwich North by-election but the UKIP candidate has has been excluded.

UKIP is the second largest European party in the UK, the fourth largest political party in the UK and by admission of one of his opponents, the UKIP candidate, Glenn Tingle, is the favourite candidate.

Excluding the leading candidate (or, indeed, any candidate) is unacceptable and I feel certain that if he was a candidate for one of the LibLabCon parties that he would have been included.

You might like to make a complaint to the BBC along similar lines. The more complaints they get, the more likely they are to treat Glenn Tingle fairly.

Lifted from Bloggers4UKIP

Update: The BBC’s response:

Thanks for your e-mail regarding our coverage of UKIP.

Especially when there are a large number of candidates – 12 in Norwich North – the broader interests of the voters would not be served by giving equal coverage to each and every candidate, irrespective of their chances of success. So when editors are deciding how much coverage to give, relatively, to different parties and candidates in any election, one of the key factors they look for is “evidence of past and/or current electoral support” in that electoral area.

On that basis, in Norwich there is clear evidence of support for the three main parties as well as for the Green Party and therefore those parties will be getting similar levels of coverage. Similarly, there is evidence from the recent elections that both UKIP and the BNP have some support in at least parts of the constituency and they will also, proportionately, be given an appropriate level of coverage by programmes covering the by-election.

For example, ‘Look East’ looked at Glenn Tingle’s candidacy on 15 July and Radio Norfolk did a piece on him the following day. UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s visit to the constituency also featured on ‘Look East’ and ‘Look East Special’ on 20 July.

We’d like to assure you that we’ve registered your comments on our audience log. This is the internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily for all programme makers and commissioning executives within the BBC, and also their senior management. It ensures that your points, and all other comments we receive, are circulated and considered across the BBC.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us with your concerns.

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5 Responses to “BBC exclude UKIP from election programmes in Norwich”

  1. Shibby Says:

    What else is to be expected of the Biased Bullshit Corporation?

  2. Fausty Says:

    Their response wasn't exactly edifying

  3. CryBaby Says:

    What piss poor excuse!

  4. Harry Hayfield Says:

    They also excluded an Independent candidate andthe BNP candiate (so it was not onlu UKIP who were hard done by)

  5. Fausty Says:

    Yes, it was shabby. The more people that complain, the better.

    HH, it was all the more galling because the Greens were in 5th place in the previous elections and UKIP in 2nd place!

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