Staying on air - part 2

BBC Editorial Policy's Su Pennington, programme lawyer Clare Hoban and producer and journalist Maire Devine join Paul Buller to offer a guide to not getting your TV or radio programme pulled. In this second podcast the panel talk about consent, privacy and how social media and other online content could get you into trouble.

A non-commercial perspective on how to avoid those legal or editorial pitfalls which could result in you having to scrap or retake material or even find yourself in trouble with your editor, the press or even the courts.

"Remember you're working as a team and not on your own and you don't have to be left alone with difficult issues." – Su Pennington

The panel cover consent for TV and radio, including filming and recording on public highways and privately owned public spaces, how to deal with consent for vulnerable contributors including the mentally ill and when you can use a filming notice.

The panel talk about how all online content, from programme websites to social media such as Facebook and Twitter, should be viewed in the same way as broadcast material in terms of compliance and legal and editorial guidelines. Anything you publish online you should feel happy to put on air. User generated content needs to be moderated, especially if provided by social media.

Their tips for programme makers include asking for advice early in the process, working with others rather than taking on a problem on your own and keeping notes.

Maire Devine is an experienced producer of television and radio programmes with a background in current affairs and news. She’s currently the planning editor for Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme, You and Yours.

Su Pennington is head of Editorial Policy for factual programmes at the BBC and head of editorial standards for the BBC Academy. She advises production teams on how to interpret the BBC's Editorial Guidelines and on industry regulation.

Clare Hoban is a duty lawyer for the BBC. She specialises in defamation, privacy and contempt law and advises on BBC radio, television and internet content including drama, comedy, current affairs and news reporting.