The BBC’s Editorial Values and Standards

  • Browse the GuidelinesThe Editorial Guidelines are the BBC's editorial values and standards. They apply to all our content, wherever and however it is received.
  • Browse the GuidanceGuidance notes supplement the Editorial Guidelines, with further explanation of their themes and practical tips.

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  • Impartiality and RacismA number of colleagues have raised questions about BBC impartiality in the context of events following the killing of George Floyd and the scope for personal action in response to the anti-racism protests and demonstrations taking place across the UK and the world. Questions have also been raised about use of social media. This guidance note sets out the BBC’s position with reference to the BBC Charter and Editorial Guidelines.
  • National Assembly for Wales - Change of name On May 6th 2020 the National Assembly for Wales is changing its name to ‘Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament’. Assembly Members (AMs) will be known as Members of the Senedd (MSs).
  • Reporting SuicideSuicide, attempted suicide and self-harm should be portrayed with sensitivity, whether in drama or in factual content. Factual reporting and fictional portrayal of suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm have the potential to make such actions appear feasible and even reasonable to the vulnerable.
  • Use of Social MediaSocial media has significantly changed the landscape in which we operate. It is used routinely to share information and opinions, it can be a source of stories, a way of connecting with our audiences and a means of finding contributors. However, it raises significant issues for us and these have now been addressed throughout the Editorial Guidelines.
  • Duty of CareWe should treat our contributors honestly and with respect, and the care and consideration given to those taking part in our programmes is of critical importance. The new Guidelines include a meaning of “due care” – the level of care that is appropriate to the individual and particular circumstances.
  • AnonymityThe updated Editorial Guidelines include more information around the use of anonymous contributors. We should only offer anonymity when there is editorial justification for doing so. The section on Fairness to Contributors and Consent sets out what our approach should be. We will need to understand who the contributor wishes to be anonymous from and why, as this will affect what we do to protect their identity.