From time to time, the BBC may decide to run competitions or mount competitive awards with suitable organisations such as academic, educational or artistic institutions, charities or trusts. For example, Radio 4's BBC Short Story Award is run with the Book Trust and the Book Trust for Scotland.
The choice of partner must be appropriate and editorially justifiable. Care should be taken not to promote the partner. All on-air and on-line references should be editorially justified. Even though the competition is jointly organised, the BBC must retain editorial control.
We do not normally run competitions with commercial organisations. However, it may be possible:
To run a competitive competition with a publication or other media organisation for a joint award for skills associated with broadcasting such as journalism, music, writing or drama or other BBC initiative
For local radio stations to join with a regional publication to organise and present a local award.
When organising an award or competition with a media organisation or publication it is important that our choice of partner is editorially justifiable and that we take care not to promote the partner on air. Entry to the competition or making nominations may be via the BBC or the publication or media organisation, but BBC licence fee funded services may only publicise entry via the BBC. It is essential that no-one is required to buy a publication in order to enter the competition or make a nomination.
Funding the Competition
The BBC and the partner or partners may jointly fund the competition with the BBC paying a substantial part of the costs. But no money from the outside organisation should flow into any programme budget or be used to pay for any production or broadcast cost.
For a jointly run competition or award, the BBC and the partner will jointly decide how the competition is run and the winner chosen. The partner must not be responsible for choosing the winner. In some cases a partner may finance a suitable bursary for the winner or winners. The terms of how this is to be awarded must be clearly agreed with the BBC.
Any proposal for a jointly run competition or award must be referred to Editorial Policy.