Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Often the BBC refers to its own 'Editorial Guidelines' by way of excusing concerns on wording spoken or written in stories.

Is there a list of potentially contentious words and if or when they could or should be used, and how they are defined by the BBC?

As an example individuals are often described as fascist, or organisations as ageist, or faiths as racist.

Just today Fundamentalist Islamic Imams were not described as such, but 'conservative clerics'.

It would be good to know the parameters within which BBC staff operate in spreading descriptions, and how often which end of such parameters are reached or exceeded.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Martin

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Peter,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 31st October 2018. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20182025.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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Please find attached our response to your request for information
reference RFI20182025.


Yours sincerely,


Information Rights, BBC Legal

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

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