Guidelines

Section 5: Harm and Offence

Acquired Programmes

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5.4.59

Acquired programmes must comply with our Editorial Guidelines on Harm and Offence.  We should check them prior to broadcast to ensure the content is suitable for the likely audience.  A film classification is only a guide and special care should be taken with films rated as "18" certificate, which should not play before 9pm on any service.

(See Section 5 Harm and Offence: 5.4.6 - 5.4.10)

5.4.60

We should not normally broadcast a film or programme refused certification by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).  For further details refer to Section 1 of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

We should not normally broadcast illustrative clips from a film or programme refused certification by the BBFC without clear editorial justification.

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