Party political broadcast

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A party political broadcast (also known as a party election broadcast or party conference broadcast depending on the date of broadcast) is a television or radio broadcast made by a political party.

In the United Kingdom the Communications Act 2003 prohibits political advertising on television or radio; parties are instead allocated broadcast slots (usually around five minutes long) free of charge on broadcast channels using a formula set by Parliament.[1][2]

A similar format exists in the Republic of Ireland, though for smaller parties, because a greater number of them are represented in the Dáil, their allocated time may be as little as one or two minutes each.

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  • Canada Elections Act – includes provisions for free-time election broadcasts (in addition to paid advertising) during Canadian federal elections


  1. ^ "7. Political Advertisements". "BCAP code". Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP). Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "10. Prohibited categories". "BCAP Code". Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP). Retrieved 6 January 2014. 

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