Section 5: Harm and Offence



The BBC must apply generally accepted standards so as to provide adequate protection for members of the public from the inclusion of offensive and harmful material.


We must not broadcast material that might seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of children and young people.


We must observe the 9pm television watershed to ensure material that might be unsuitable for children is appropriately scheduled.


We must balance our responsibility to protect children and young people from unsuitable content with their rights to freedom of expression and freedom to receive information. 


We must ensure our audiences have clear information on which to judge whether content is suitable for themselves or their children.


The use of strong language must be editorially justified and appropriately signposted to ensure it meets audience expectations, wherever it appears.