Privacy and Factual Entertainment
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Last updated: October 2010
Editorial Guidelines Issues
This guidance note should be considered in conjunction with the following Editorial Guidelines:
- Reporting Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
See Editorial Guidelines Section 8 Reporting Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
See Editorial Guidelines Section 7 Privacy
- Fairness, Contributors and Consent
See Editorial Guidelines Section 6 Fairness, Contributors and Consent
Summary of Main Points
- Set ups and stunts that combine investigation with factual entertainment should be editorially justified by the wrongdoing or other behaviour they expose - not simply for entertainment.
- The factual entertainment approach to investigative journalism needs to be considered on a case by case basis; the fact a particular technique has been utilised on one programme does not mean it will necessarily be appropriate for another.
- Production teams should keep in mind and work within the Editorial Guidelines on doorstepping when using set-ups as a means of getting answers to allegations of wrongdoing.
- Production teams should keep in mind the laws relating to trespass, and normally leave private land or property when asked to do by the legal occupier.
- If it is intended to secretly film a set-up or stunt and it is unlikely the subject of the filming would give retrospective consent, the secret filming should be justified by the public interest it serves.
- Any deception should be in proportion to the wrongdoing or other behaviour under scrutiny and should not be solely for entertainment.