Guidelines

Section 10: Politics, Public Policy and Polls

Parliamentary Broadcasting

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  1. Broadcasting of Parliament at Westminster
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Broadcasting of Parliament at Westminster

10.4.9

We must observe the rules of coverage laid down by Parliament for the broadcasting of proceedings in both the House of Commons and House of Lords, including committees in both houses.  These include:

  • no internal editing of speeches.  When using two sections of a speech, a definite break must be provided to make clear the two sections are not continuous
  • no manipulation of the pictures or sound.

10.4.10

We can only use parliamentary material in news and factual content or for educational purposes. 

We must not use any parliamentary material in light entertainment, fictional or drama content or political satire.

Chief Adviser Politics should be consulted before parliamentary material is used in any mixed genre content, such as a reconstruction or other dramatic device in a factual programme.

Broadcasting of other Parliaments and Assemblies

10.4.11

We must observe the rules of coverage for the broadcasting of proceedings of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the European Parliament.

There are no restrictions on the coverage of the London Assembly.

(See Guidance: Parliamentary Broadcasting)

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