Coronavirus advice for BBC productions - update

This is an operational update for producers currently delivering and producing BBC programmes.

The BBC is closely following developing news and advice from the Foreign Office, WHO and Public Health England and will continue to update guidance as appropriate. We will be updating on our commissioning plans to support the sector shortly. We appreciate this is a very difficult time for everyone.

Producers are asked to be aware of the general Government health and safety advice and BBC safety advice.

Duty of care for crews, talent and contributors in connection with Covid-19 should be the paramount consideration on any BBC production.

  • Visit the BBC’s Editorial Guidelines website for the BBC’s Duty of Care Guidelines. Any specific safety and/or duty of care concerns arising from Covid-19 should be discussed with the BBC commissioning editor.
  • It will not be possible for external visitors and audience members to access BBC buildings unless they are essential to our broadcast output. Those who do come to our buildings will be required to declare themselves fit.
  • If you have a meeting planned with a commissioner or business contact we recommend this takes place over the phone or online. In addition, over the coming weeks we are aiming to hold any commissioning briefings online and will be in touch with further details.
  • Due to current Government advice we are not inviting audiences to be part of those BBC shows which would normally have a live audience. If this affects one of your current productions please contact the Commissioning Editor to discuss.
  • As a reminder, for any queries about a current or new BBC commission please contact the usual commissioning or business contact. For any other general questions please email

This operational information will be updated as necessary.

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