Maverick MP scolded for broadcast

The Radio Authority has warned George Galloway, the maverick Labour candidate for Glasgow Hillhead, about his broadcasting on the Asian radio station Spectrum International.

Mr Galloway (left) hosted a phone-in programme about the Pakistani elections in January where the RA judged that he did not give an equal airing to callers with views opposed to the Benazir Bhutto administration. The Bhutto government awarded Mr Galloway the Hilal-e-Quaid Azam award for services to Pakistani democracy in 1990. He was also cautioned about promoting his magazine, The East, on the show, and Spectrum Radio was fined pounds 2,000 for allowing an MP to host a programme without an opposing MP as co-host.