UK General Election 2005

Party election broadcasts  election broadcasts

Unless otherwise stated, BBC and ITV broadcasts are in all regions, except Northern Ireland
The links are mostly to Windows format versions of the broadcast, and usually assume a broadband connection. A number of sites offer alternative formats

Schedule of party election broadcasts
in England, Scotland, and Wales
DateConservativeLabourLibDemOther
Mon 11th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio2, Radio4
Tue 12th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV (56k)
Radio2, Radio4
Wed 13th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio2, Radio4
Thu 14th AprilPlaid Cymru: BBC1 & 2 Wales, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, HTV, S4C, Radio4
SNP: BBC1 & 2 Scotland, ITV Scotland, Radio Scotland, Radio2, Radio4
Fri 15th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio4
Plaid Cymru: Radio2
Sat 16th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio4
Sun 17th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio4
Mon 18th AprilSNP: BBC1 & 2 Scotland, ITV Scotland, Radio Scotland, Radio4
Plaid Cymru: Radio4
Tue 19th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV, except Wales and Scotland

Radio2, Radio4
Plaid Cymru: BBC1 & 2 Wales, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, HTV, S4C
Wed 20th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV, except Wales and Scotland

Radio2, Radio4
Thu 21st AprilBNP: BBC1 ,BBC2, ITV, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, Radio Scotland, S4C, Radio2, Radio4
Fri 22nd AprilPlaid Cymru: BBC1 & 2 Wales, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, HTV, S4C
Scottish Socialist Party: BBC 1 & 2 Scotland, ITV Scotland, Radio Scotland
Sat 23rd AprilSNP: Radio4
Sun 24th AprilSNP: BBC 1 & 2 Scotland, ITV Scotland, Radio Scotland
Plaid Cymru: Radio4
Mon 25th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio4
Forward Wales: BBC1 & 2 Wales, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, HTV, S4C
Green: Radio2
Tue 26th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio4
SNP: Radio2
Wed 27th AprilBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio4
Plaid Cymru: Radio2
Thu 28th AprilGreen: BBC1 ,BBC2, ITV (MP4), Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, S4C, Radio4
Legalise Cannabis All.: BBC1 & 2 Wales, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, HTV, S4C
Operation Christian Vote: BBC1 & 2 Scotland, ITV Scotland, Radio Scotland
UKIP: Radio2
Fri 29th AprilRadio2UKIP: BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Radio Wales, Radio Scotland, Radio Cymru, S4C, Radio4
Socialist Labour Party: BBC1 & 2 Wales, Radio Wales, BBC1 & 2 Scotland, Radio Scotland, Radio Cymru, HTV, ITV Scotland, S4C
Sat 30th AprilBBC1 & 2 Wales, BBC1 & 2 Scotland, Radio Wales, Radio Scotland, Radio Cymru, HTV, ITV Scotland, S4C
Sun 1st MayBBC1, BBC2, ITV
Radio4
Mon 2nd MayBBC1, BBC2, ITV, except Wales and Scotland

Radio2, Radio4
Tue 3rd MayBBC1, BBC2, ITV, except Wales and Scotland

Radio2, Radio4
Wed 4th MayNo broadcasts
Thu 5th MayPolling Day

There are separate arrangements for the allocation of election broadcasts in Northern Ireland, on BBC1, BBC2, UTV, and Radio Ulster

Schedule of party election broadcasts
in Northern Ireland
DatePartyDateParty
Mon 11th AprilUUSun 24th AprilUU
Tue 12th AprilDUPMon 25th AprilSDLP
Wed 13th AprilSinn FeinTue 26th AprilSinn Fein
Thu 14th AprilSDLPWed 27th AprilDUP
Fri 15th AprilAllianceThu 28th AprilUU
Sat 16th AprilFri 29th AprilAlliance
Sun 17th AprilSat 30th AprilSDLP
Mon 18th AprilN Ireland ConservativesSun 1st MaySinn Fein
Tue 19th AprilWorkers' PartyMon 2nd MayDUP
Wed 20th AprilVote for YourselfTue 3rd MayUU
Thu 21st AprilSDLPWed 4th MayNo broadcasts
Fri 22nd AprilSinn FeinThu 5th MayPolling day
Sat 23rd AprilDUP

Party Election Broadcasts are not the same as Party Political Broadcasts. The latter are broadcasts by parties that take place outside election campaigns, and commercial broadcasters have a duty to put out broadcasts as agreed by Ofcom. The BBC follows this practice, but does not have the legal obligation to do so.

The allocation of election broadcast time is made by agreement among the broadcasters

Broadly, a party is entitled to an election broadcast in an area if it contests one sixth or more of the seats in that area. If parties contest significantly more than this, and are not represented in Parliament at the time of dissolution, then they are allocated a further number of broadcasts, based on an assesment of their electoral support


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