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October Monthly Meeting - Undue Prominence 20 Oct 2014

Thursday 23 October 2014

11.45am to 12.45pm

Council Chamber

First Floor, OBH


John Lewis, British Airways, The North Face, Smeg. All brands that have featured in our programmes.

This month’s editorial policy meeting will explore what we mean by undue prominence, an issue affecting many genre areas, and will examine how to avoid pitfalls in programming.

This meeting is open to all. There is no need to book.

Wearing Poppies Guidance 20 Oct 2014

Poppies may be worn on screen, for those BBC presenters, reporters and pundits/summarisers etc. wishing to do so, from 06:00 Saturday 25 October to 23:59 Tuesday 11 November 2014. Programme guests make their own decisions about whether and when to wear a poppy.

Rochester and Strood by-election 20 Oct 2014

We are now in the election period for another high profile by-election, with polling day on November 20th.

The significant overlap between the national political story and the issues of the constituency are likely to raise a number of issues regarding impartiality and fairness to candidates.

The BBC’s legal requirement with regard to the candidates is contained in the Code of Practice for Westminster constituency elections, Section 4 of the 2010 Election Guidelines; relevant extracts can be found here:


The Guidelines state that:

“The intention of these guidelines is to encourage vigorous debate and to give a higher profile to candidates of all parties …. without giving unfair advantage to one candidate or party over another.”

The list of candidates so far is here:

The Conservatives will select their candidate this week.

Please contact me for further advice if you are planning to include candidates before the close of nominations next week.

Ric Bailey

Chief Adviser, Politics

BBC Editorial Policy and Standards

07889 852195 / 0208 00 (81805)

Polling Day 17 Sep 2014

Referendum Polling day

Voters in Scotland go to the polls on Thursday - the Referendum Guidelines for polling day say:

There will be no coverage of any of the issues relating to the referendum on polling day, from 6am until polls close at 10pm on TV, radio or  However, online sites will not have to remove archive reports.  Coverage will be restricted to factual accounts with nothing which could be construed as influencing the vote.

No opinion poll on any issue relating to the referendum may be published on polling day from 00.01 until after the polls closed.

Factual information relating to the vote itself is appropriate. The position is, therefore, similar to normal election polling days both for UK wide output and for BBC Scotland. 

However, in the very particular circumstances of this referendum, there are wider issues and the same approach to polling day should also be taken by all BBC output, irrespective of whether it is directly intended for consumption in Scotland, such as local radio and World Service.

For further advice, please do not hesitate to call Ric Bailey. 07889 852195

London Meeting - 25th Sept - Jihadis 16 Sep 2014

Thursday 25 September 2014

11.45am to 12.45pm

Council Chamber

First Floor, OBH


  • What should we show of Jihadi videos?
  • How should we approach interviews with Jihadis?
  • What are the implications of the Terrorism Act?

This month’s editorial policy meeting will discuss how we cover Jihadi stories and explore the complex issues facing programme makers.

This meeting is open to all.  There is no need to book.

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