Live programming, by definition, cannot be fully complied in advance. As such, we must take care to minimise the possible risks.
Such risk include causing harm and offence; giving undue prominence to products, organisations or services; or creating legal problems.
This applies to anyone appearing live on-air or online from contributors and presenters to the live audience.
Once a risk is identified, there mitigation processes should be put in place. This might involve monitoring output at all times or possible moving a programme from post to pre-Watershed.
Special guidance is in place for when we invite our audiences to interact with our live output.
Hard and fast rules to deal with individual incidents are not practical. There is, however, general guidance to deal with problems such as strong language, national & international emergencies, impartiality and product placement.
Once off-air, Programme Editors should debrief the production team and report the incident to the Output Controller, Head of Department or Director, normally within 24 hours.
Editorial Policy and/or Programme Legal Advice should be informed.
Action may also have to be taken regarding future re-broadcast or publication online to avoid legal or reputational problems