BBC journalism is built on a number of editorial values including truth and accuracy, impartiality, accountability, public interest and independence. In this section of the College of Journalism website, former BBC director of news Helen Boaden outlines why the BBC’s ethics and values underpin everything its journalists do. And senior BBC editors including head of news programmes Ceri Thomas discuss how they put these standards into practice.

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