Section 18: The Law

General

18.3.1

There may be occasions where providing accurate, impartial and fair coverage in the public interest involves possible conflict with the law.  Where such cases arise we must consider:

  • what effect breaking the law might have on the BBC
  • what the effect might be on the people concerned
  • internationally, the effect on the BBC's future coverage of the region.

Any proposal to break the law must be referred to a senior editorial figure, or for independents to the commissioning editor, who may consult Programme Legal Advice and, if necessary, Director Editorial Policy and Standards. 

Any decision to proceed with a programme despite legal advice must be referred to the most senior editorial level in the relevant division and Director Editorial Policy and Standards.

Mandatory Referrals