Guidelines

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  1. 1. THE BBC'S EDITORIAL VALUES
    1. Introduction
    2. Editorial Values
    3. BBC Charter and Agreement
  2. 2. USING THE GUIDELINES
    1. Introduction
    2. Roles and Responsibilities
    3. Principles and Practices
    4. Editorial Justification
    5. Guidance
    6. Other Sources of Advice
  3. 3. ACCURACY
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Gathering Material
    5. Finding Contributors
    6. Note Taking
    7. Avoiding Misleading Audiences
    8. Managing Online Content
    9. Checking Programmes
    10. Correcting Mistakes
  4. 4. IMPARTIALITY
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Breadth and Diversity of Opinion
    5. Controversial Subjects
    6. News, Current Affairs and Factual Output
    7. Drama, Entertainment and Culture
    8. Contentious Views and Possible Offence
    9. Consensus, Campaigns and Scrutiny
    10. Elections and Referendums
    11. Impartiality in Series and Over Time
    12. Personal View Content
  5. 5. HARM AND OFFENCE
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Audience Expectations
    5. Content Information
    6. The Watershed and Scheduling for TV, Radio and Online
    7. Live Output
    8. Language
    9. Violence
    10. Intimidation and Humiliation
    11. Nudity
    12. Sex
    13. Portrayal
    14. Alcohol, Smoking, Solvent Abuse and Illegal Drugs
    15. Suicide, Attempted Suicide, Self-Harm and Eating Disorders
    16. Imitative Behaviour
    17. Tragic Events
    18. Hypnotism, Exorcism, the Occult and the Paranormal
    19. Flashing Images, Strobing and Images of Very Brief Duration
    20. Acquired Programmes
  6. 6. FAIRNESS, CONTRIBUTORS AND CONSENT
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Contributors and Informed Consent
    5. Anonymity
    6. Contributors, Access Agreements and Editorial Independence
    7. Deception
    8. Intimidation and Humiliation
    9. Right of Reply
    10. Refusals to Take Part
    11. Portrayal of Real People in Drama
    12. Safety and Welfare of Contributors
  7. 7. PRIVACY
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Privacy and Consent
    5. Secret Recording
    6. Webcams
    7. CCTV, Third Party Webcams and Other Material from Outside Sources
    8. Doorstepping
    9. Tag-Along Raids
    10. Reporting Death, Suffering and Distress
    11. Personal Information
  8. 8. REPORTING CRIME AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Reporting Crime
    5. Dealing with Criminals and Perpetrators of Anti-Social Behavoiur
    6. Dealing with Witnesses and Victims of Crime
    7. Investigations into Crime and Anti-Social Behavoiur
  9. 9. CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AS CONTRIBUTORS
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Safeguarding the Welfare of Under 18s
    5. Informed Consent for Children and Young People
    6. The Impact of a Contribution
  10. 10. POLITICS, PUBLIC POLICY AND POLLS
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Reporting UK Political Parties
    5. Political Interviews and Contributions
    6. Parliamentary Broadcasting
    7. Political Broadcasts
    8. Elections
    9. Opinion Polls, Surveys and Votes
  11. 11. WAR, TERROR AND EMERGENCIES
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Accuracy and Impartiality
    5. Identifying Victims
    6. Demonstrations, Disturbances and Riots
    7. Staged Events
    8. Threats and Hoaxes
    9. Hijacking, Kidnapping, Hostage Taking and Sieges
    10. National Security and Counter Terrorism
    11. Hostile Environments, High Risk Activities and Events
  12. 12. RELIGION
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Practices
  13. 13. RE-USE AND REVERSIONING
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. General
    5. Accuracy Issues
    6. Fairness, Consent and Privacy Issues
    7. Harm and Offence Issues
    8. Syndication and Distribution on Non-BBC Channels and Spaces
    9. Requests for BBC Material from Third Parties
  14. 14. EDITORIAL INTEGRITY AND INDEPENDENCE FROM EXTERNAL INTERESTS
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Product Placement
    5. Product Prominence
    6. Free and Reduced Cost Facilities, Products and Services
    7. Online Links to Third Party Websites
    8. Logos and Credits Online
    9. BBC Commercial Channels, Services and Products
    10. Game Shows
    11. Advertising and the BBC Brand
    12. BBC Support Services
  15. 15. CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. News and Current Affairs
    5. Other Output Areas
    6. External Activities
    7. Declaration of Personal Interests
    8. Personal Benefits
    9. On-air Talent, Commercial Advertising, Promotional Activity and Endorsements
    10. Talent or Agent-owned Independent Production Companies
  16. 16. EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS AND FUNDING
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Funding from BBC Commercial Services, the Open University and Co-Productions
    5. Co-Funding
    6. Ticket Sales, Makeovers, Location and Production Initiatives, Public Value Partnerships, Sponsored BBC On-Air Events, Sponsored Awards
    7. BBC Off-Air Events
    8. Joint Editorial Initiatives and Events
    9. Sponsored Third Party Events
    10. The National Lottery
    11. Charities
  17. 17. INTERACTING WITH OUR AUDIENCES
    1. Introduction
    2. Principles
    3. Mandatory Referrals
    4. Competitions
    5. Voting
    6. Awards
    7. Pre-recorded or Repeated Programmes
    8. Prizes
    9. The Interactivity Technical Advice and Contracts Unit (ITACU)
    10. Telephone Services
    11. Game Shows and Quizzes
    12. Talent Shows and Programmes Offering Life Changing Opportunities
    13. Phone-in Programmes, User Generated Content Online, Mobile Content, Games and Interactive TV
  18. 18. THE LAW
    1. Introduction
    2. Mandatory Referrals
    3. General
    4. Defamation
    5. Privacy
    6. Contempt
    7. Victims of Sexual Offences
    8. Other Reporting Restrictions
    9. Children and the Law
    10. Copyright and Other Intellectual Property Rights
    11. Data Protection Act
  19. 19. ACCOUNTABILITY
    1. Principles
    2. BBC Trust
    3. Ofcom
    4. Feedback and Complaints
  20. 20. APPENDIX 1: THE OFCOM BROADCASTING CODE
  21. 21. APPENDIX 2: CODE OF CONDUCT FOR COMPETITIONS AND VOTES
  22. 22. APPENDIX 3: STATEMENT OF POLICY ON ALTERNATIVE FINANCE
  23. 23. APPENDIX 4: FRAMEWORK FOR FUNDING PRIZES AND AWARDS
  24. 24. APPENDIX 5: GUIDELINES FOR BBC COMMERCIAL SERVICES ON EDITORIAL INTEGRITY AND INDEPENDENCE FROM EXTERNAL INTERESTS
  25. 25. APPENDIX 6: GUIDELINES FOR BBC GLOBAL NEWS SERVICES ON EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS AND FUNDING

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