The BBC’s Editorial Values and Standards

  • Browse the GuidelinesThe Editorial Guidelines are the BBC's editorial values and standards. They apply to all our content, wherever and however it is received.
  • Browse the GuidanceGuidance notes supplement the Editorial Guidelines, with further explanation of their themes and practical tips.


  • Editorial Guidelines RoadshowThere are presentations on the new Editorial Guidelines planned for BBC premises across the UK. The Guidelines apply to all programme makers so all editorial teams are strongly advised to attend. The presentations will explain what’s changed and what’s not, helping you to get up to speed.
  • Use of Social MediaSocial media has significantly changed the landscape in which we operate. It is used routinely to share information and opinions, it can be a source of stories, a way of connecting with our audiences and a means of finding contributors. However, it raises significant issues for us and these have now been addressed throughout the Editorial Guidelines.
  • Duty of CareWe should treat our contributors honestly and with respect, and the care and consideration given to those taking part in our programmes is of critical importance. The new Guidelines include a meaning of “due care” – the level of care that is appropriate to the individual and particular circumstances.
  • AnonymityThe updated Editorial Guidelines include more information around the use of anonymous contributors. We should only offer anonymity when there is editorial justification for doing so. The section on Fairness to Contributors and Consent sets out what our approach should be. We will need to understand who the contributor wishes to be anonymous from and why, as this will affect what we do to protect their identity.