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R v Broadcasting Complaints Commission, ex p Owen [1985]

Facts

  • Owen required there to be more political coverage of his party than there was currently
  • The BCC responded saying that it would be too resource consuming and against editorial judgment to implement this

Issue

  • Could the decision not to implement fairness be quashed for legally irrelevant reasons

Decision

  • No, claim failed

Reasoning

  • Were multiple reasons of given, take the legally relevant one’s out and decide on those
  • The resources argument was not legally relevant, however the editorial judgment argument was and the decision could not be quashed
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