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Welcome to news watch. Should these are three candidates got more of a


look-in. During the coverage of the mayor of London, elections had been


dominating the news. Last weekend saw Francois Hollande in the run-


off to be the President of France. There were local mayoral elections


also. The results were brought to worse by David Dimbleby in a


marathon overnight programme. are looking at how people voted in


the English and Wells council elections. -- Welsh. I could


mistakenly think I was watching a general election. Panellists are


not talking about local politics, they're talking about MPs. Where


are the councillors? They also complained about Jeremy Vine and


his graphics. We are looking at key ward change. Does that remind you


of anything? Various comparisons were made. I do not understand why


Jeremy Vine must be sitting in a strange looking swimming pool.


Another wrote that he looks like he is trying out for Strictly Come


Dancing. This is the overall figure, I will give it to you. Protests


about the coverage of the election started before Thursday night. It


started on the sensitive issue of how airtime should be given to


various parties and candidates. A debate showing the London mayoral


elections. Only for the candidates were invited. One of the missing


made her objections clear. -- only a four. There were seven candidates


in the selection we should all be given a say. I think what will


become part of the Siobhan Benita problem, they were given the same


number as the Green candidate. They were not given enough airtime. She


has a serious record in the civil service, why should she not have a


chance with interviewers and be tested in front of you in the same


way as other candidates. Canada Mac was excluded from debates on who


should become be London mayor. Why didn't the smaller parties receive


equal representation to the larger ones and the same number of party


election broadcasts? The answer is that BBC allocates broadcast time


in relation to previous election success. The BBC it takes its rules


from the cannot the century elections. -- the turn of be. At


the last general election, more than one-third of the public voted


for parties other than Labour and Conservatives. 10% for small and


minor parties. We also found out recently in the by-election at


Bradfield, Wade George Galloway 1, he was a situation that was coming


increasingly common in Britain. Those dissatisfied with Labour


Party do want to vote for the two main parties, wanted to find an


outlet for their protest. -- where George Galloway one. You need to


look at the broadcasting rules and the nomination rules together.


is a trend that has been seen across Europe, smaller parties


taking a greater share of the boat from Greece to France. The BBC will


revisit its rules regarding election coverage. Rick Bailey


joins us now. Are they too rigid the rules? We have one set of rules.


Before each said elections, which drafted new guidelines and we let


people comment on them. They are specific to each election. For the


next set of election tax, we were to that process again. -- next set


of elections. The problem of Siobhan Benita, because she was an


independent she did not get airtime. They said it is ridiculously skewed


towards the status quo and very unfair. It is, isn't it?


candidates got a lot of air time. They all got more coverage than


they ever have. There were three TV interviews, 3 -- six radio


interviews. All the other candidates got a lot of coverage.


The idea that they were excluded is not true. Yet, they borrow only for


participants in the live TV debates -- there were only a four


participants. We must criticise the incumbents and those who want to be


mayor for the next four years. There was a debate with too many


voices would not be helpful to the electric as a whole. It is a little


bit like a chicken and egg situation especially for an


independent. Because they do not have a party and they do not stand


at the last election, inevitably they are disadvantaged in terms of


highly political broadcasts and appearing in formal debates.


must judge who gets the coverage. We take our guide from the


electorate. Parties that have a track record should get some


coverage. That is not the only criteria. If you worry new


candidate for party, that does not apply. We look at current electoral


support. We look at all things to charge the support. Opinion polls


can play a large part in that. We did all that and made that


judgement. We got the right level of coverage. Did the BBC adequately


reflect what many people think are significant changes to the


political landscape, not just in the UK, but across Europe?


Fragmentation of the party system and new systems rising. We look at


each election separately. In the European elections, they get the


same level of coverage as the major parties. In the mayoral elections,


85% off the people who voted last week voted either Labour or


Conservative, 85%. The third candidate got less than 5%. The


idea is that the votes are disappearing, that is not true. You


must look at East election separately -- each election.


Elsewhere, we watch the news of the nine men who sexually exploited


teenagers in crushed -- Rochdale. They wear of Pakistani or Muslim


Origin. -- they were of. Thursday saw the latest stage in the build-


up to the big summer sporting event. The lighting of the Olympic flame


in Greece. These were the author wrote. -- these were the author


wrote -- view were. Let's return to the elections. Last Saturday


afternoon when Joy Dinsdale e- mailed. We are still being


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