Election Committee


The Election Committee (“the Committee”) is delegated authority from the Ofcom Board to:

  • determine unresolved disputes between Ofcom licensed Broadcasters (“Broadcasters”) and political parties regarding the allocation by Broadcasters of party election broadcasts and referendum campaign broadcasts, and the length, frequency, allocation and/or scheduling of such broadcasts under Ofcom’s Rules on Party Political and Referendum Broadcasts pursuant to section 333 of the Communications Act 2003 (“the Act”).
  • make decisions on complaints received in relation to the standards set by Ofcom in respect of due impartiality pursuant to sections 319(1), 319(2)(c) and 320 of the Act in respect of programmes transmitted by Broadcasters[1] during an election or referendum period where the Content, Media and Policy Group consider:
    1. that a substantive issue is raised; and
    2. the complaint, if upheld, might require redress before the election or referendum.

The Committee comprises up to five members. The Chairman of the Election Committee is appointed by the Ofcom Board. The current Chairman is Tim Suter. Other members of the Committee are drawn from the Content Board and/or Ofcom colleagues as determined by the Chair of the Committee (subject to the quorum requirements).

Decision of the Election Committee on a due impartiality complaint brought by the Conservative Party in relation to Channel 4's Channel 4 News Climate Debate, 28 November 2019 (PDF, 297.4 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee on a due impartiality and due weight complaint brought by Vote Leave Limited in relation to ITV’s coverage of the EU Referendum, 10 June 2016 (PDF, 73.3 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee on a due impartiality complaint brought by the Respect Party in relation to The London Debate, ITV London and LBC 97.3 on 5 April 2016 (PDF, 89.5 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee on two disputes referred to Ofcom by the English Democrats relating to the allocation of PEBs to it by ITV and Channel 5 ahead of the 22 May 2014 European Parliamentary elections (PDF, 165.6 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee on a Due Impartiality Complaint Brought by Siobhan Benita in relation to The London Debate, Sky News, 19 April 2012 (PDF, 159.9 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee on a Due Impartiality Complaint Brought by Siobhan Benita in relation to The Battle for London – The Mayoral Debate, ITV1, 24 April 2012 (PDF, 263.2 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee on a Due Impartiality Complaint Brought by the Plaid Cymru in relation to the “First Election Debate“, ITV1, 15 April 2010 (PDF, 45.3 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee on a Due Impartiality Complaint Brought by the Scottish National Party in relation to the “First Election Debate“, ITV1, 15 April 2010 (PDF, 56.3 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee’s Determination of the TUV’s Party Election Broadcast Dispute with UTV, 1 May 2009 (PDF, 303.9 KB)

Decision of the Election Committee’s Determination of the UKIP Wales’s Party Election Broadcast Dispute with lTV, 21 May 2009 (PDF, 290.5 KB)