BBC publishes reporting guidelines for independence referendum
by Chris Rumbles (15 March 2014)
The BBC is to provide its journalists with specific guidelines to adhere to in covering the Scottish independence referendum.
All of the BBC's output will be expected to meet the criteria, which has been approved by the BBC Trust, during the 16 weeks leading up to September 18.
Included in the 13-page rulebook is a set of 'Mandatory Issues' that detail, among other things, that the BBC's Chief Adviser in Politics, Ric Bailey, must give approval to interviews, polling and, in some cases, content before they are produced and broadcast.
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