Section 16: External Relationships and Funding
(Mandatory Referrals are part of the BBC's editorial management system. While they will not, in themselves, meet the Principles in the Editorial Guidelines, they are an essential part of the process to ensure compliance and must be observed.)
Referrals to Director Editorial Policy and Standards
Any proposal for a BBC commissioned current affairs production to accept a grant from the EU Media Fund must be referred in advance to Director Editorial Policy and Standards.
Referrals to Chief Adviser Editorial Policy
Any proposal for co-funding on any BBC UK service must be referred to Chief Adviser Editorial Policy.
Chief Adviser Editorial Policy must approve the selling of tickets to broadcast events held on any BBC premises.
Any proposal for a homeowner to contribute towards the cost of the materials for a makeover must be referred to Chief Adviser Editorial Policy.
Any proposal involving alternative finance for an activity which does not precisely fit within the categories listed in these Guidelines must have written approval from Chief Adviser Editorial Policy.
Any contractual commitment to credit a public value partner on air or online must be referred to Chief Adviser Editorial Policy at an early stage, well before contracts are issued.
Any proposal for involvement with a commercial organisation in relation to a public value partnership must be referred to Chief Adviser Editorial Policy.
Any proposal for sponsorship of a BBC on-air event must be approved well in advance by Chief Adviser Editorial Policy and the relevant director.
Any BBC coverage of a third party event sponsored by a BBC publication or any BBC coverage of an event mounted by, or in conjunction with, BBC Magazines must be referred in advance to Chief Adviser Editorial Policy.
Chief Adviser Editorial Policy's advice must be sought on cross-BBC charity fundraising initiatives such as Children in Need, Red Nose Day (Comic Relief) and Sport Relief.
Refrrals to Editorial Policy
The suitability of partners and arrangements for a joint editorial initiative must be referred to Editorial Policy.
Any reference on air to a joint editorial initiative with a newspaper or magazine must be strictly editorially necessary and be referred to Editorial Policy.
The choice of partners and arrangements for jointly run events which are broadcast must be approved by Editorial Policy.
Editorial Policy must approve any link from BBC web pages covering events to a specific section of a site run by the sponsor of a third party event.
Any proposal to cover an event, anywhere in the world, sponsored by a tobacco manufacturer must be referred to Editorial Policy.
Any express references to sponsors in trails for a BBC programme covering a sponsored event must be referred to Editorial Policy.
On-air and online credits for sponsors of third party, non-sports events must be referred to the relevant senior editorial figure or, for independents, to the commissioning editor responsible for the coverage. Editorial Policy must also be consulted.
The broadcasting of appeals for charity, or on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee, must be referred to the BBC's Charity Appeals Adviser.
(See 16.4.53 and 16.4.54)
Any co-funding projects must be approved in writing by the relevant BBC director responsible for the output