Section 3: Accuracy

Principles

3.2.1

We must do all we can to ensure due accuracy in all our output.

3.2.2

All BBC output, as appropriate to its subject and nature, must be well sourced, based on sound evidence, thoroughly tested and presented in clear, precise language.  We should be honest and open about what we don't know and avoid unfounded speculation.  Claims, allegations, material facts and other content that cannot be corroborated should normally be attributed.

3.2.3

The BBC must not knowingly and materially mislead its audiences.  We should not distort known facts, present invented material as fact or otherwise undermine our audiences' trust in our content.

3.2.4

We should normally acknowledge serious factual errors and correct them quickly, clearly and appropriately.