Guidelines

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(Mandatory Referrals are part of the BBC's editorial management system.  While they will not, in themselves, meet the Principles in the Editorial Guidelines, they are an essential part of the process to ensure compliance and must be observed.)

Referrals to Director Editorial Policy and Standards

7.3.1

Any proposal to gather material illegally outside the UK by disregarding privacy or other similar laws in the relevant country must be referred to Director Editorial Policy and Standards. Programme Legal Advice may also be consulted.

(See 7.4.11)

7.3.2

The use of unattended recording equipment on private property without the consent of the owner, occupier or agent must be referred to Director Editorial Policy and Standards. Programme Legal Advice must also be consulted.

(See 7.4.15)

7.3.3

Any proposal to feature people in live broadcasts for comedy or entertainment purposes, whether in person or on the phone, without their knowledge must be referred to Director Editorial Policy and Standards.

(See 7.4.20)

7.3.4

The broadcast without consent of any recording, including a telephone call, originally made for note-taking purposes must be approved by Director Editorial Policy and Standards.

(See 7.4.23)

7.3.5

Any proposal to doorstep an individual or organisation, whether in person or on the phone, where we have not previously tried to make an appointment for an interview (‘Doorstepping Without Prior Approach’), must be approved by Director Editorial Policy and Standards.  This does not apply to daily newsgathering. 

(See 7.4.32)

Referrals to Editorial Policy

7.3.6

Any proposal to carry out secret recording must be referred to Editorial Policy prior to approval by the relevant senior editorial figure in the division or, for independents, by the commissioning editor. 

(See 7.4.11)

7.3.7

Any proposal to broadcast secret recordings made by others must be referred to Editorial Policy prior to approval by a senior editorial figure or, for independents, by the commissioning editor.  If the BBC would not have considered it justifiable to gather the material under similar circumstances, approval will also be required from Director Editorial Policy and Standards. 

(See 7.4.21)

7.3.8

Proposals to embed a live webcam feed from an event sponsor on a BBC website or platform must be referred to Editorial Policy and a senior editorial figure or, for independents, the commissioning editor. 

(See 7.4.28)

7.3.9

Any request for a contributor's personal information from the police must be referred to Editorial Policy and Programme Legal Advice before responding.

(See 7.4.50)

Other Referrals

7.3.10

Any deception required to obtain secretly recorded material (beyond the concealing of recording equipment) must be referred to the relevant senior editorial figure or, for independents, to the commissioning editor.

(See 7.4.11)

7.3.11

The re-use of secretly recorded material must be referred before broadcast to a senior editorial figure or, for independents, to the commissioning editor. A record must be kept of the decision.

(See 7.4.12)

7.3.12

Any proposal to put a third party's webcam feed on a BBC site or platform must be referred to a senior editorial figure, or for independents to the commissioning editor, who may also consult Editorial Policy.

(See 7.4.28)

7.3.13

Any proposal to doorstep, whether in person or on the phone, where we have tried to make an appointment for an interview with the individual or organisation concerned ('Doorstepping With Prior Approach') must be approved by a senior editorial figure or, for independents, by the commissioning editor. 

(See 7.4.31)

7.3.14

Any proposal to doorstep, whether in person or on the phone, for comedy and entertainment purposes must be approved in advance by a senior editorial figure or, for independents, by the commissioning editor. 

(See 7.4.33)

7.3.15

Any proposal to collect personal information on a BBC publicly funded website which might be disclosed to third parties, including BBC Worldwide, must be referred to a senior editorial figure, or for independents to the commissioning editor, who may wish to consult Information Policy and Compliance and BBC Fair Trading. 

(See 7.4.48)

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