Broadcasting regulations

Notes from lecture

Press regulation



  • Regulates most of newspaper and magazine industry
  • Self-regulatory

Public Interest   – sth public has a right to know, need to know in terms of importance, in some cases, you do not have to follow the code, there is a public interest in freedom of expression. You should make notes how you proceeded.

The Editor´s Code of Practice

  1. Accuracy
  2. Privacy
  3. Harassment
  4. Intrusion into Grief or Shock
  5. Reporting suicide
  6. Children
  7. Children in Sex Cases
  8. Hospitals
  9. Reporting of Crime
  10. Clandestine Devices and Subterfuge
  11. Victims of Sexual Assault
  12. Discrimination
  13. Financial Journalism
  14. Confidential sources
  15. Witness Payments in Criminal Trials
  16. Payment to Criminals


Make sure all info you publish is accurate and checked

Make sure you understand privacy conditions

Examine whether you can use material from soc media

Examine whether public interest exception may be invoked

Make sure you don’t implicate ppl irrelevant to the story

Keep a record and proof of the steps you’ve taken to reach your decisions

Refer to your editor

Broadcasting regulation

OFCOM Broadcasting Code (The Office of Communications)

Libel – defamation, Intellectual property plagiarism

  • Defamation
    • Is covered by law
    • Protection of a person´s reputation and freedom of speech
    • Libel: permanent form of defamation (written form)
    • Slander: spoken, verbal defamation
    • Liar, cheat, insolvent, in Financial difficulties
      • almost always defamatory unless proven true
  • Intellectual Property
    • Names of products or brands
    • Inventions
    • The design or look of products
    • Things you write, make, produce
    • Sth unique that sb physically create
    • An idea alone is not intellectual property