Sheffield Live channel breached election impartiality rules, says Ofcom

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Local station Sheffield Live TV breached impartiality rules during its General Election coverage, Ofcom has ruled.

The regulator found that during successive daily interviews it broadcast with five different candidates from three different constituencies, the channel ‘didn’t offer all the relevant candidates from the major parties an opportunity to participate’.

An Ofcom spokesman said: “Ofcom investigated this programme about Parliamentary candidates in Sheffield and found it broke our due impartiality rules.”

The five interviewed politicians all represented different parties, but Ofcom said other candidates from the same constituencies as those interviewed should have been offered an opportunity to take part in the programmes.

Sangita Basudev, Head of Programming at Sheffield Live, said: “Broadcasters face much greater regulation than press and online media, but we are determined to ensure local TV contributes to democratic debate.

“We have had excellent feedback from the Sheffield public on our General Election coverage as a whole.”