BBC HomeExplore the BBC

16 October 2014
Editorial Guidelines logo Editorial Guidelines logo

BBC Homepage

Contact Us

Editorial Guidelines in Full

Accuracy

Introduction

The BBC's commitment to accuracy is a core editorial value and fundamental to our reputation. Our output must be well sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested and presented in clear, precise language. We should be honest and open about what we don't know and avoid unfounded speculation.

For the BBC accuracy is more important than speed and it is often more than a question of getting the facts right. All the relevant facts and information should be weighed to get at the truth. If an issue is controversial, relevant opinions as well as facts may need to be considered.

We aim to achieve accuracy by:

  • the accurate gathering of material using first hand sources wherever possible.
  • checking and cross checking the facts.
  • validating the authenticity of documentary evidence and digital material.
  • corroborating claims and allegations made by contributors wherever possible.

< previous page | 

Search this site

Printable version

Section Three of the Editorial Guidelines - pdf

Content producers must also read




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy