Broadcasting: Codes of Practice

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd March 2017.

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Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Conservative, Selby and Ainsty

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which broadcasters have been found in breach of the broadcasting code without being sanctioned as a result in the last 10 years; and how many times each of those broadcasters were found in breach of the broadcast code in the last 10 years.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Policy)

Ofcom currently licenses 1,175 television services and 871 radio services. These services are required to comply with the rules in Ofcom’s codes. As set out in Ofcom's last Annual Report, they assessed 23,420 broadcasting complaints between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016. During this period, they conducted 205 investigations and recorded 127 breaches of the Broadcasting Code (or other Ofcom codes).

Over the past ten years, Ofcom has recorded over 2,500 breaches of the Broadcasting Code. Any further breakdown of this data would require a disproportionate use of resources.

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