The Interactive Technical Advice and Contracts Unit (ITACU) exists to provide advice on al technical aspects of running a competition, vote or award. They should be consulted at an early stage of any proposal.
All competitions, votes and awards must comply with the Code of Conduct (see Appendix).
Competitions should always have a clear editorial purpose and offer a genuine test of skill, knowledge or judgement.
Winners of competitions should always be genuine. No member of the production team or anyone else should pose as a contestant or winner.
Competitions involving Premium Rate Telephony must be referred to a senior manager in your division and then referred to Editorial Policy and ITACU.
Any proposal to set up an award must be referred to Editorial Policy and a Senior Manager at the planning stages.
An award should have clear, published rules, agreed with Programme Legal Advice.
Criteria for judging or nominations must be transparent, clear, fair and consistent.
Winners and runners-up of awards must have clear written guidance on their conduct once the result has been published.
When an award is being decided entirely or partly via a public vote then the voting mechanism used should be robust.
Special considerations apply when an award is run in partnership with an outside organisation.
Votes must not be set up to make a profit, except when authorised for a BBC charitable cause; any proposal for a vote should be referred to the relevant Controller or Senior Manager in the division for sign off.
Votes involving Premium Rate Telephony must be referred to a senior manager in your division and then referred to Editorial Policy and ITACU.
Under no circumstances can the result of a BBC vote be faked.
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