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Latest Newsletter 05 Aug 2015

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July Monthly Meeting 13 Jul 2015

Thursday 23 July  2015

11.45am – 12.45pm

Council Chamber, First Floor, OBH

“Islamic State”.
The N-word.

All contested words that have been used recently in our output.

The July Editorial Policy meeting will examine the editorial issues around the use of such words, and look at the impact on audiences both in the UK and internationally.

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



June Monthly Meeting 16 Jun 2015

Thursday 25 June  2015

11.45am – 12.45pm

Council Chamber, First Floor, OBH


Opinion Polls and Surveys

  • Opinion polls can sometimes be wrong. What effect should this have on the way we report them?

  • Are surveys the same as polls? What do their findings represent and how should they be used?

Recent history has raised doubts about the opinion polling of voter intentions. Pollsters now accept that voting intention polls during the General Election were inaccurate. Should this change the reporting of opinion polls? And what about surveys?

This month’s editorial policy meeting will examine the pitfalls and opportunities of using opinion polls and also look at how we report surveys across a range of output.

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



May Newsletter 21 May 2015

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Election Day Guidance, 7 May 2015 06 May 2015


The Election Guidelines and Editorial Guidelines say the following about polling day:

There will be no coverage of any of the election campaigns on polling day, from 00.30 until polls close at 22.00 on TV, radio or However, online sites will not have to remove archive reports.

Coverage will be restricted to uncontroversial factual accounts, such as the appearance of politicians at polling stations or the weather. Subjects which have been at issue or part of the campaign, or other controversial matters relating to the election, must not receive coverage on polling day, to ensure that nothing in the BBC's output can be construed as influencing the ballot while the polls are open.

No opinion poll on any issue relating to politics or the election may be published until after the polls have closed.

Whilst the polls are open, it is a criminal offence to publish anything about the way in which people have voted in that election.

Click here to read the full Election Guidelines

April Monthly Meeting 27 Apr 2015

Thursday 30 April  2015

11.45am – 12.45pm

Council Chamber, First Floor, OBH



How do we cover mental health across our output? Using clips from News, Comedy, and Factual, this month’s Editorial Policy meeting will discuss the complex issues posed by depicting and reporting the mentally ill and vulnerable.


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



March Monthly Meeting 10 Mar 2015

Thursday 19 March  2015

11.45am – 12.45pm

Council Chamber, First Floor, OBH


Is it ever OK:

To identify children?

To feature vulnerable children?

To interview traumatised children?

To feature suicide bombers who are under 18?

Using clips from Entertainment, Drama, News, and Children’s, the next editorial policy meeting will look at issues around working with children and young people and the effect of the new child licensing laws.

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



March Newsletter 09 Mar 2015

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February Monthly Meeting - General Election Coverage: The Pitfalls and Possibilities 16 Feb 2015

Thursday 26 February 2015

11.45am – 12.45pm

Council Chamber, First Floor, OBH



• “So which parties do I need to put in my package?”
• “UKIP are telling me it’s a breach of the guidelines if I don’t give them equal time …”
• “How do you get balance on social media?”
• “Can I empty-chair a candidate who won’t take part in a constituency debate?”

The most unpredictable election in living memory is coming soon. How do we cover it properly, and what’s the right answer to the angry politician on the telephone?

Using examples of real questions puzzling editors right now, this month’s Editorial Policy meeting will help programme teams tackle these issues.

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



January Monthly Meeting - Use of Social Media 15 Jan 2015

Thursday 29 January 2015

11.45am – 12.45pm

Council Chamber, First Floor, OBH



“We’re getting tweets about this”

“Joining us via Skype is”

“Get in touch on our Facebook page”

“Follow us on Instagram”

Referencing social media in our daily speech is commonplace but is it editorially justified in our programmes? How should we refer to commercial companies like Facebook and Twitter?

We’ll be using examples from a range of output including News, Drama, Sport, Entertainment - on radio, television and online.

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

For further information please visit the Editorial Guidelines website at:

Newsletter 15 Dec 2014

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November Monthly Meeting - Harm and Offence: Live Programming 11 Nov 2014

Thursday 20 November 2014

11.45am to 12.45pm

Council Chamber

First Floor, OBH



• What are our responsibilities to children during live programmes?

• What can we say about current criminal investigations in topical debate programmes?

• How should we report suicide?

• How do we respect personal privacy when covering disasters?


Using examples from different genre areas, this month’s editorial policy meeting will examine harm and offence issues in live programming and explore the complexities involved.

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


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    27 Jul 2011

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

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    26 Jan 2012

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

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    14 Oct 2011

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

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    23 May 2013

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    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,

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    12 Oct 2010

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

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