Section 17: Interacting with our Audiences
Game Shows and Quizzes
Selection of Contestants
The choice of contestant should not bring the BBC into disrepute. Reasonable steps should be taken to screen out contestants who are clearly unsuitable. This could include those who have been convicted of serious offences or offences which are clearly incompatible with the prize on offer. Advice is available from Programme Legal Advice and Editorial Policy.
Fairness to Contestants
Members of the public who take part should be treated honestly, fairly and with regard for their dignity. They must be made aware of the rules, and should normally be given clear information about what is likely to happen to them and what we expect of them. If they are to appear in a humorous way it is important that they feel part of the joke rather than ridiculed. Particular care needs to be taken where contestants have been volunteered by family or friends.
We should not put the health or safety of contestants or any other participants at any significant risk. Participants must not be asked to do anything which involves danger to life. Where relevant, specialist advice should be sought.
To avoid imitative behaviour or allegations of irresponsibility, it may be useful to make clear in the output when suitable safety precautions have been taken.
Questions and their answers should be accurate, legal, require a reasonable level of skill, and be appropriate in subject matter and tone to the likely target audience and time of transmission.
Rules or Terms and Conditions
There must be clear rules governing how a quiz or game show will work, what is expected of contestants and the terms under which we expect them to participate in our output.
Contestants should be clearly informed of the rules before they take part and should confirm that they accept and understand the terms of their participation. Advice is available from Programme Legal Advice and Editorial Policy.
- Pre-recorded or Repeated Programmes
- The Interactivity Technical Advice and Contracts Unit (ITACU)
- Telephone Services
- Game Shows and Quizzes
- Talent Shows and Programmes Offering Life-Changing Opportunities
- Phone-in Programmes, User Generated Content Online, Mobile Content, Games and Interactive TV