Contact Editorial Policy

If you are making programmes or other content for the BBC, either in house or for an Independent company the Editorial Policy team are available to offer advice on how to interpret and work within the Editorial Guidelines.

The earlier potentially contentious content is referred the better. It is a good idea to discuss your query with your editor or manager before contacting us.

Telephone Editorial Policy : 020 8008 1819 available 24 hours a day. From BBC offices call (02) 81819.

The Director Editorial Policy and Standards is David Jordan. Some editorial policy issues must be referred to him. Some other editorial policy issues must be referred to Chief Adviser Politics (Ric Bailey). For more details see the lists of Mandatory Referrals in each section of the Editorial Guidelines.


The postal address for Editorial Policy is:

BC2 A1, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP


If you are looking for other information about the BBC go to About The BBC or phone BBC information on 03700 100 222. (UK-wide rate charged at no more than 01/02 geographic numbers. Calls may be recorded for training purposes.)

If you wish to make a complaint about the BBC or its content go to the complaints website.



  • What The Regulators Say - 2

    19 Sep 2011

    Accuracy, real people in drama, Eastenders, strong language on radio

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter

    27 Jul 2011

    Props, Product Placement, Children, Reporting Statistics, Editorial Guidelines Training Modules, Archive Pictures and Commercial Services Guidelines

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter

    26 Jan 2012

    Draft May Election Guidelines, Strong Language on Radio, Tweeting from Court, Use of Mobiles while Driving, New Secret Recording Forms

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter

    14 Oct 2011

    Investigations and Secret Recording Guidance, Use of Twitter, Setting Up Action Lines

  • What the Regulators Say 4

    06 Aug 2012

    Watershed, privacy, repeats, children in court, protecting proper journalism

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter - May 2013

    23 May 2013

    Revised Guidance for Investigations, Guidance for Referrals, Making Programmes Work for People with Visual or Hearing Impairment, Think-tanks, Research Groups, Campaigners & Academics

  • What the Regulators Say 3

    13 Dec 2011

    Competitions, Skype, Fairness, Privacy and the Public Interest

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter - Dec 2014

    12 Dec 2014

    General Election 2015, Protecting Children, Counter Terrorism Bill, Right to be Forgotten, Undue Prominence

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter - Nov 2013

    05 Nov 2013

    Using the Skype brand name, The Trust's Impartiality Review, News Style Guide, Working With Children

  • Latest Editorial Policy Newsletter

    05 Aug 2015

    This month's newsletter features contested words, editorial integrity, new advertising and sponsorship guidelines, updated guidance, regulatory advice, right to be forgotten and changes to the defence advisory (DA) notice system

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter - March 2015

    09 Mar 2015

    General Election 2015, Social Media, Child Licensing Legislation, New Guidance

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter

    24 Sep 2012

    Police & Crime Commissioners' Elections, Party Conferences, Anonymising voices, Private Investigators, Global News Marketing Events, Tribal people, Syndication, Diane Abbott

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter - Oct 2014

    22 Oct 2014

    Wearing of Poppies, Talking to Jihadis, Takedown Policy, Social Media Guidelines, BBC Store, Contributors & Consent, Strong Language

  • What The Regulators Say

    22 Jun 2011

    Gestures, undue prominence, flashing images, strong language

  • Editorial Policy Newsletter - Feb 2013

    11 Feb 2013

    Material Uncovered During Investigations, Setting Up Action Lines, The Trade Mark Tango, May Elections: Draft Guidelines Published, Eastleigh By-Election,

  • Sign Up Now

    12 Oct 2010

    The first Newsletter from the new Editorial Guidelines website is coming soon

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