Section 5: Harm and Offence

Intimidation and Humiliation

5.4.32

BBC content must respect human dignity.  Intimidation, humiliation, intrusion, aggression and derogatory remarks are all aspects of human behaviour that may be discussed or included in BBC output.  Some content can be cruel but unduly intimidatory, humiliating, intrusive, aggressive or derogatory remarks aimed at real people (as opposed to fictional characters or historic figures) must not be celebrated for the purposes of entertainment.  Care should be taken that such comments and the tone in which they are delivered are proportionate to their target.

(See Section 6 Fairness, Contributors and Consent: 6.4.24)