Under the Broadcasting Act 1989, the BSA does not generally have any power to cancel programmes or to take them off air. In certain circumstances, if the BSA upholds a complaint, the BSA can order the withdrawal of further programmes forming part of a series or order a broadcaster to refrain from broadcasting for limited periods (up to 24 hours for each programme in respect of which a complaint has been upheld). This power is exercised rarely.
The BSA cannot generally stop a programme from airing. If you are concerned about whether scheduled content should be aired, please contact the broadcaster directly.
The BSA does not approve programmes before they are aired or make decisions about what programmes can be aired. Programme selection, editorial and scheduling decisions are the responsibility of individual broadcasters. If you are concerned about whether scheduled content should be aired, please contact the broadcaster directly.
If you would like to make a complaint about a broadcast once it has aired, you can find more information here.
The BSA can only respond to formal complaints about broadcast content once it has been aired. We are unable to take any action prior to a programme being broadcast (unless it falls within the BSA’s limited power to stop further programmes within a series in certain circumstances).
If you have concerns about a programme before it has been aired, these are best directed to the relevant broadcaster.