Last updated: October 2010
Editorial Guidelines Issues
This guidance note should be considered in conjunction with the following Editorial Guidelines:
See Editorial Guidelines Section 3 Accuracy
- Impartiality & Diversity of Opinion
See Editorial Guidelines Section 4 Impartiality & Diversity of Opinion
- Harm & Offence
See Editorial Guidelines Section 5 Harm & Offence
See Editorial Guidelines Section 7 Privacy
- Children & Young People as Contributors
See Editorial Guidelines Section 9 Children & Young People as Contributors
- War, Terror & Emergencies
See Editorial Guidelines Section 11 War, Terror & Emergencies
- Editorial Integrity
See Editorial Guidelines Section 14 Editorial Integrity and Indepndence from External Interests
- The Law
See Editorial Guidelines Section 18 The Law
Summary of Main Points
- Live programming, by definition, cannot be fully complied in advance. As such, we must take care to minimise the possible risks.
- Such risk include causing harm and offence; giving undue prominence to products, organisations or services; or creating legal problems.
- This applies to anyone appearing live on-air or online from contributors and presenters to the live audience.
- Once a risk is identified, there mitigation processes should be put in place. This might involve monitoring output at all times or possible moving a programme from post to pre-Watershed.
- Special guidance is in place for when we invite our audiences to interact with our live output.
- Hard and fast rules to deal with individual incidents are not practical. There is, however, general guidance to deal with problems such as strong language, national & international emergencies, impartiality and product placement.
- Once off-air, Programme Editors should debrief the production team and report the incident to the Output Controller, Head of Department or Director, normally within 24 hours.
- Editorial Policy and/or Programme Legal Advice should be informed.
- Action may also have to be taken regarding future re-broadcast or publication online to avoid legal or reputational problems