BBC Editorial Guidelines

Here are some links and some information from the BBC web site.

Issues of 'Harm and Offence' and 'language' are the most pressing for radio play production.

You are broadcasting, or intending to broadcast, into people's homes and domestic spaces. And radio can cause more offence potentially than TV.

There are solutions. Look at Swear words - exclamations - profanities (SUBSTITUTES)


 BBC - Section 5 - Fairness, Contributors & Consent
 BBC - Harm and Offence

 BBC - Section 8 - Harm & Offence - Radio & online
 BBC - Section 8 - Harm & Offence - Violence

 BBC - Section 8 - Harm & Offence - Sex
  BBC - Section 8 - Harm & Offence - Language

 BBC - Section 8 - Harm & Offence - Alcohol, smoking, solvent & drug abuse & illegal drugs


 FROM THE BBC EDITORIAL GUIDELINES - Section 8 - Harm & Offence - Language

"We must not include the MOST offensive language before the Watershed or on radio when children are particularly likely to be in our audience, or in online content likely to appeal to a high proportion of children, unless it is justified by the context and then its frequent use must be avoided.

We must be able to justify the use of offensive language in challenging factual programmes, comedy and drama broadcast throughout the day on our speech radio stations. It will also generally require clear content information.

Any proposal to use the most offensive language (cunt, motherfucker and fuck) must be referred to and approved by a senior editorial figure or for Independents by the commissioning editor and the relevant output controller for television, radio, online and any other service.Chief Adviser Editorial Policy may also be consulted.

Language that causes most offence includes:

sexual swearwords
terms of racist abuse
terms of sexual and sexist abuse or abuse referring to sexuality
pejorative terms relating to illness or disabilities
casual or derogatory use of holy names or religious words and especially in combination with other offensive language. "









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