Section 15: Conflicts of Interest



External activities of individuals working for the BBC must not undermine the public's perception of the impartiality, integrity, independence and objectivity of the BBC.  Nor should they bring the BBC into disrepute.


There must never be any suggestion that commercial, financial or other interests have influenced BBC editorial judgements.  Those involved in the production of BBC content must have no significant connection with products, businesses or other organisations featured in that content.


The BBC must be satisfied that individuals involved in the production of its content are free from inappropriate outside commitments and connections.


The involvement of talent or their agents in the ownership or senior management of independent production companies making content for the BBC must not cast doubt over the integrity, editorial judgements, or impartiality of any BBC output.  Appropriate measures must be put in place so that the BBC maintains overall editorial control of all aspects of the programme or content.