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.
- Mandatory Referrals
- Audience Expectations
- Content Information
- The Watershed and Scheduling for TV, Radio and Online
- Live Output
- Intimidation and Humiliation
- Alcohol, Smoking, Solvent Abuse and Illegal Drugs
- Suicide, Attempted Suicide, Self-Harm and Eating Disorders
- Imitative Behaviour
- Tragic Events
- Hypnotism, Exorcism, the Occult and the Paranormal
- Flashing Images, Strobing and Images of Very Brief Duration
- Acquired Programmes
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