Broadcasting Code Review Consultation

Broadcasting Standards Codebook review (Closed)

Consultation closed: 5:00pm, 8 March 2022

The BSA is proposing changes to the Broadcasting Standards Codebook. This contains standards, which are the basic rules broadcasters must follow, and commentary and guidelines, which help explain how the standards work. We want to know your views on the proposed changes.

Key proposed changes include:

  • Updating the introduction including to reflect the current environment.
  • Combining the three existing codes for Pay TV, Free-to-air TV and Radio into one simplified code.
  • Streamlining and combining some standards which cover related issues.
  • Updating the discrimination and denigration standard guidelines to clarify its application to content which reinforces negative stereotypes.
  • Incorporating an obligation to correct material errors of fact within the accuracy standard.
  • Updating the guidelines/commentary on how the standards apply, shaped by past BSA decisions and, in the case of privacy standard guidelines, legal developments.
  • Refreshing the language to make the Codebook easier to understand.
  • Updating guidance on the complaints process to clarify the requirements for a formal complaint (and consequently the types of complaints broadcasters may treat as feedback only).

Please see the draft revised Codebook, consultation document and submission form below.

After considering all views received, we’ll publish a summary of submissions and a revised Codebook.

If you have any further questions, please email us at 

Broadcasting Code review consultation 2022 

The documents relating to the consultation on the Broadcasting Codebook are here:

Broadcasting Code Review Consultation Documents