Accepting significant hospitality from individuals or organisations outside the BBC could lead to a conflict of interest.
Under no circumstances should the acceptance of personal benefits be allowed to undermine the integrity of the BBC or its programmes.
Individuals must not accept personal benefits or benefits for themselves, their family or close personal relations from organisations or people with whom they might have dealings on the BBC's behalf. Unacceptable personal benefits would include goods, discounts, services, cash, loans, gratuities, or entertainment outside the normal scope of business hospitality or any other benefits in kind. Anyone working for the BBC should consult their Head of Department before accepting such hospitality.
Clothing and Equipment
In particular there are specific restrictions on the acceptance of clothing or equipment by BBC staff, presenters, reporters and those who "front" BBC programmes:
Clothing or equipment must never be accepted free or at reduced cost in exchange for using it on air or with any understanding that it will be shown or used on air
Any commercially branded clothing which has been accepted free must not be worn on air
If non-branded clothing is accepted free it should not be worn on air. Nor should it be worn if the clothing is received at a reduced cost from specific manufacturers or designers. Any exception to these provisions can only be made when it is clear that the clothing has not been accepted in exchange for assurances to wear it on air. The wearing of any such clothing must be expressly agreed by the Head of Department who should consult Editorial Policy.
Presenters or other staff must not appear on-air wearing clothing or using products or services which they have been contracted to promote, advertise or endorse or in which they have any financial interest. Any arrangements to promote clothing, products or services must be declared to the BBC. This is so that programme makers have all relevant information to ensure that such goods and services do not appear in programmes inadvertently
Equipment which has been accepted free or at reduced cost should not be used or shown on air, any exception to this must be expressly approved by the relevant Head of Department in consultation with Editorial Policy.
In the case of radio programmes, where the programme has been specifically filmed to be shown on red button, television or as a video online, all the principles outlined above apply in relation to wearing or using clothing or equipment received free or at significantly reduced cost.
Some contributors, who are not necessarily main presenters, may play a significant role in a programme or series. In such cases the BBC may decide that they need to be subject to the same restrictions as presenters.
Free or Reduced Cost Facilities
Strict rules apply to the acceptance of free or reduced cost facilities by programmes.