I also haven't seen them refer to the Government response on air once, despite hearing constantly about their Government petition, which again hardly screams "balance".
I do wonder if this particular campaign might creep across an Ofcom line given that it is encouraging people directly to petition against a Government position.
They're not reporting it as 'news' so I think it passes the test - ditto Ocean Rescue.
The govt. doesn't (yet) have a position on debates anyhow so it's not campaigning against the govt policy - and presumably govt wouldn't like to be forced into having one yet, either way.
If you listen to the live-read they tell that they need 100,000 signatures so get a response from the govt.... so you haven't heard the govt's response for reasons they have already explained (several times per hour).
10,000 is for a response, 100,000 is to be considered for a debate in Parliament.
The government response was:
This response was given on 23 October 2018
Televised election debates are a matter for political parties. The Government has no plans to change electoral law to make the debates mandatory.
The proposals for a Debates Commission are something to be considered in due course by political parties, closer to any general election in 2022.
Televised election debates took place in the 2010, 2015 and 2017 UK Parliamentary general elections. They form one of many mediums that enable political parties to convey their message to members of the public and address key challenges.
Televised election debates are not mandatory under electoral law. Participating in a televised election debate is down to the discretion of the political party invited to debate. The Government has no plans to change electoral law to make televised elections debates mandatory.
There are many mediums used by political parties to convey their message to members of the public. These include candidate hustings and political canvassing, which enables electoral candidates to debate policies and directly address members of the public in the run up to an election. These are also not mandatory under electoral law.
Any televised material, including televised election debates, is regulated by Ofcom, the independent media regulator, and is subject to the provisions in the Broadcasting Code. Ofcom does not obligate broadcasters to transmit election debates, nor does it have any decision-making role over the editorial format of any programme.