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Producers' Guidelines
Producers' guidelines

A publicly available code of ethics expressing the values and standards the BBC expects of its journalists and programme-makers. It brings together aspects of legal regulation and codes of practice.

In the introduction to the fourth edition, the former BBC Director General Greg Dyke described the 358 pages as ‘a working document for programme teams to enable them to think their way through some of the more difficult dilemmas they may face’ (BBC, 2003). For BBC employees, including freelances and independent producers, the Guidelines are ‘more than a moral responsibility … also a contractual obligation’ (ibid.).

First published in 1993, the Guidelines summarize ‘the BBC's fundamental editorial values such as impartiality, accuracy, fairness, editorial independence and commitment to appropriate standards of taste and decency’.

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