Section 2: Using the Guidelines



The BBC Editorial Guidelines apply to all of our content whoever creates or makes it and wherever and however it is received.  They set out the standards expected of everyone making or presenting the BBC's output.  They will help anyone, in-house or independent, public service or commercial, to deal with difficult editorial issues, meet the expectations of the audience, and produce distinctive and challenging content to the highest ethical and editorial standards.

As well as representing the values and standards of the BBC, the Editorial Guidelines reflect the relevant provisions of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code. Content or output (terms used interchangeably throughout) meeting the standards in the Guidelines will also meet the regulatory requirements when completing the BBC's compulsory compliance process.

The Guidelines are commissioned and approved by the BBC Trust. They are published, available to the public, and used as the basis for the consideration of complaints about BBC output. They are part of what makes the BBC distinctive.

Any proposal to step outside the Editorial Guidelines must be editorially justified. It must be discussed and agreed in advance with a senior editorial figure or, for independents, with the commissioning editor.  Director Editorial Policy and Standards must also be consulted.

Mandatory Referrals