Draft Election Guidelines for Local Elections

Directions to UK polling stationThe BBC has published draft election guidelines for the local elections taking place in Scotland, Wales and England in May 2017.    The Election Periods begin from 22nd March.

You can read the draft guidelines here.

Northern Ireland Assembly Election 2017

Ballot boxAn election has been called for the Northern Ireland Assembly on 2nd March 2017.    The Election Period will begin at 00.01 on the 26th January, with the dissolution of the current Assembly.  


The Election Guidelines as they applied to the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly elections have been updated and republished and will apply to coverage of this campaign.   They apply to all UK-wide output, BBC Online, as well as BBC Northern Ireland.


The guidelines say “…election campaigning is likely to begin before the formal election period and content producers should be sensitive to the need for particular care from now on.”


The guidelines also contain the Code of Practice, regarding the treatment of candidates, in Section 5, as well as an appendix, setting out appropriate levels of coverage for parties and candidates in Northern Ireland.


You can read the guidelines here.



Ofcom's latest research on offensive language

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Ofcom recently published its latest research on offensive language. You can find the full report here.

Guidance on the use of body worn cameras and microphones

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New guidance is available on the use of body worn cameras and microphones.

Any proposal to equip third parties (e.g. the Police) with body cameras and microphones to obtain material for use in News, Current Affairs and Factual programmes must be referred to the Director Editorial Policy and Standards in advance.

The full guidance can be found here.

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