Section 17: Interacting with our Audiences

Pre-recorded or Repeated Programmes


The audience may assume that a vote or competition in a programme indicates that it is live.  We must take any necessary steps to ensure that the audience is not misled.

(See Section 3 Accuracy: 3.4.11)


If a programme has been pre-recorded and a problem with a vote or competition has been identified prior to transmission, casting doubt on the result, then the programme must not be transmitted without appropriate changes.


If a programme is to be repeated on a BBC channel or time shifted, for example on a catch-up service, we must ensure that it is clear to the audience if the opportunity for interactivity has passed, for example by thoroughly obscuring on screen entry information, or editing out references to voting or entry mechanisms.