Live Output


In this article

  1. Editorial Guidelines Issues
  2. Summary of Main Points

Last updated: October 2010


Editorial Guidelines Issues

This guidance note should be considered in conjunction with the following Editorial Guidelines:


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


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