“In advance of any Ofcom decision on this advertisement…”

The BBC reports a potential wrinkle in the Northern Ireland Executive’s Office of the First and deputy First Minister’s planned propaganda campaign on what emerged from Hillsborough – which doesn’t mention any suggested side-deals. From the BBC report

Ofcom said broadcasters should not transmit the advert without clearance. A spokesperson for the regulatory body explained that under the Radio Advertising Standards Code, “special categories” of advertisements “must be cleared centrally” by the Radio Advertising Clearance Centre before they can be broadcast. He added that special categories include “political, industrial and public controversy matters” and government campaigns. “In advance of any Ofcom decision on this advertisement, we have reminded the relevant broadcasters that, unless they have obtained central clearance for the advertisement before its transmission, they should not continue to broadcast the advertisement,” he said.