The BBC policy covers all aspects of Domain Names that fall outside of bbc.co.uk, such as registration for protection purposes, and when and if they can be used for content.
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Please Note: Policy Statements Ref 01 - 12 have
been replaced by the following.
Domain Names Policy ref 13
Domain Names Policy Ref 14
The Internet Domain Names Registration Policy sets
out the principles and formal procedures which must
be applied to all external internet domain names
registered and/or used by or on behalf of the BBC
whether or not they contain a BBC brand and whether
or not they are used in connection with a BBC
The Internet Domain Names Usage Policy sets out the
principles and formal procedures which must be
applied to all internet domain names intended for
use as live websites. Only names registered in
accordance with the BBC Internet Domain Names
Registration Policy will be considered for use as
live sites, any exceptions will be agreed by the
Domain Name Manager.
Domain Names Policy Ref 15
Registering a domain.
Registration must always be made through the Domain
Name Manager by completing the Domain Request Form.
Once registered, domain names may only be used in
connection with a live website if they accord with
the Internet Domain Names Usage Policy.
Domain Names Policy Ref 16
All domain names registered through the Domain Name
Manager and in accordance with the registration
policy will be owned by the BBC.
Domain Names Policy Ref 17
All domain names purchased for brand protection will
be centrally funded by the Domain Management Team
for public service content. For non-public service
content (e.g. Worldwide or other commercial
ventures) the cost for registrations will be borne
by the subsidiary.
Domain Names Policy Ref 18
The minimum period for the registration of a domain
name will be two years. This will be increased if
the domain has been agreed to be either a Key Brand
or Landmark Series.
Domain Names Policy Ref 19
The Domain Manager will inform the requesting
contact/department at least two months before the
domain name renewal date to confirm re-registration.
Where this is not possible Domain Manager will
consult with the relevant parties on the most
appropriate route for renewal or if applicable,
non-renewal and subsequent deletion of a domain
Domain Names Policy Ref 20
Internet Domain transfers into and out of the BBC
must comply with the Registration Policy.
Domain Names Policy Ref 21
Using Domain Names
Public Service Content
All BBC public content funded by the licence fee
must be located on bbc.co.uk in the format bbc.co.uk/[content
area]. The only approved exception to this is the
BBC News website which is located on: http://news.bbc.co.uk/
Worldwide (Commercial Subsidiaries)
Worldwide and subsidiaries can use, for content or
for re-direct, any domain name (of the format [name].com)
except for the following:
• Domain Names ending in ".co.uk"
• Domain Names of the format "bbc[service].xxx"
World Service will put their content onto bbc.co.uk
and will market and re-direct from domain names of
the format "bbc[service language].xxx"
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