Ticketing for BBC Events and Programmes


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:

  • External Relationships and Funding

See Editorial Guidelines Section 16 External Relationships and Funding: 6.4.9 - 16.4.12

Summary of Main Points

  • The BBC may charge for tickets to BBC concerts, concert series or BBC events held at outside venues. The BBC should not charge for admission to regular recordings of other programmes.
  • We should only charge entry for events held at an outside venue, not events held in BBC studios. However, we may charge for tickets to events held in a bespoke BBC concert hall with approval from Chief Adviser Editorial Policy. We may also charge for tickets to BBC concerts held in the regular venues of the BBC performing groups.
  • In other, very exceptional, circumstances if there is any proposal to sell tickets to any other BBC event on BBC premises, such as an event to raise money for a BBC charitable initiative, the proposal must be approved in advance by the Chief Adviser, Editorial Policy.
  • Proceeds from ticket sales may only be used to pay for events or for a series of events costs and should not be designed to generate further income, unless the sales raise money for a BBC charitable initiative and this has been approved by Editorial Policy and the relevant charity.
  • The money from ticket sales must not be used for broadcast costs.
  • Clearly separated accounts must be drawn up which clearly delineate event costs and broadcast costs. Separate records must be kept of all   ticket revenue going to the BBC or going via the BBC.
  • BBC Audience Services has a set of Guidelines for free ticketing for BBC programmes recorded or transmitted live from BBC studios or other studios. All ticketing companies used by the BBC or Independents for BBC programmes in BBC studios must meet the guidelines set out in this Code of Conduct.



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