Guidelines

Section 10: Politics, Public Policy and Polls

Mandatory Referrals

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  1. Referrals to Chief Adviser Politics
  2. Other Referrals
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(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 Chief Adviser Politics

10.3.1

Any proposal to invite a politician to be a guest on a programme or area of content where to do so is the exception rather than the rule, must be referred to Chief Adviser Politics.

(See 10.4.5)

10.3.2

Except for brief news interviews, gathered on the day without pre-arrangement, any proposal to interview or profile any of the main party leaders in the UK must be referred in advance to Chief Adviser Politics.  Similarly, offers of interviews from the parties must be referred before they can be accepted. 

(See 10.4.6)

10.3.3

Any request for a ministerial broadcast or a reply to a ministerial broadcast must be referred promptly to Chief Adviser Politics.

(See 10.4.15)

10.3.4

Any proposal to commission an opinion poll purporting to sample party political support or voting intentions must be referred in advance to Chief Adviser Politics. 

(See 10.4.25)

10.3.5

Any proposal to commission an opinion poll on matters of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or on 'controversial subjects' in any other area, for any BBC service, must be referred to Chief Adviser Politics.

(See 10.4.29)

10.3.6

Any proposal to commission an internet poll on any subject must be referred to Chief Adviser Politics.

(See 10.4.30)

10.3.7

Any proposal to commission a BBC survey on matters of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or on 'controversial subjects' in any other area, must be referred to the Head of Political Research and Chief Adviser Politics, who will need to give approval if the survey involves MPs, MSPs, AMs, MLAs or MEPs.

(See 10.4.37)

10.3.8

Any proposal to conduct a vote on matters of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or on 'controversial subjects' in any other area, must be referred to Chief Adviser Politics. In the case of a website in a language other than English, it should be referred to Chief Adviser Politics and the relevant World Service Head of Region or National Director.

(See 10.4.45)

Other Referrals

10.3.9

Anyone proposing to carry out a phone, text or online vote must refer to the Interactivity Technical Advice and Contracts Unit (ITACU) and complete the appropriate approval process.

(See 10.4.46)

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