General policies and guidelines

Anti-bribery policy [PDF]

The BBC is committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity in all its business dealings wherever it operates. This policy reflects the BBC's commitment to uphold all laws relevant to bribery and corruption in all the jurisdictions in which we operate.


The BBC is not permitted to carry advertising or sponsorship on its public services. This keeps them independent of commercial interests and ensures that they can be run instead to serve the general public interest.


Details of the brand manual, guidelines, logos etc.

Child protection

The BBC works with many children every year in a variety of ways and has a Child Protection Policy. This supports staff in putting into practice the BBC's commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.


Information regarding the commissioning process for BBC Vision, Audio and Music, Future Media as well as local television and audience research.

Competitions and voting

This code of conduct constitutes the BBC's commitment to licence fee payers for all publicly funded services in the UK. BBC competitions and votes will not be run in order to make a profit. The only time BBC competitions or votes will be aimed at raising funds will be for a BBC charitable initiative.

Decency and the TV watershed

Producers have strict guidelines for dealing with issues of taste, sexual matters, violence and strong language.

Editorial guidelines

The BBC Editorial Guidelines outline the standards the BBC expects of all BBC content on TV, radio and online. They are designed for everyone who makes content for the BBC, to help them deal with difficult editorial decisions.

Fair Trading

It is important that whenever the BBC undertakes activities it does so in a way that is consistent with its Fair Trading obligations.

Motor vehicle policy [PDF]

Guidance for BBC staff on the use of all vehicles on BBC business, including BBC or privately owned, leased or hired vehicles.

Party election broadcasts

The BBC is obliged to make airtime available for party and referendum broadcasts. Party broadcasts are quite separate from our own journalism and their transmission does not imply support for the views contained in them.

Public service trials and pilots

The BBC conducts a wide range of pilots and trials to test new technology and audience reactions. They are an essential step in developing new creative or technical approaches.

Supplying the BBC

Details of how to become a BBC supplier, the tender process, terms of trade etc.

Syndication guidelines

The BBC tries to make its content available as widely as possible. This means that we make some of our content available on demand through other publishers. This is referred to as syndication.

Welsh Language Scheme

(The Welsh Language Scheme is also available in Welsh) The BBC is committed to communicating bilingually with the public in Wales. This publication of a Welsh Language Scheme incorporates many of the current working practices of the BBC, and formalises language policies, as required by the Welsh Language Board.

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