What is the Broadcasting Code?

Ofcom's Broadcasting Code  sets rules for TV and radio stations.

The Code sets standards for television and radio shows which broadcasters have to follow.

It includes rules designed to protect viewers and listeners from harm and offence – such as what can be screened on TV before the 9pm watershed.

Other areas of the Broadcasting Code address issues such as impartiality and accuracy, sponsorship and commercial references as well as fairness and privacy.

Every time Ofcom receives a complaint from a viewer or listener, we assess it under the Broadcasting Code to see if it needs further investigation.

If we find a programme has broken these rules, then it will be found in breach of the Code and Ofcom will publish this decision.

Learn more about how to complain about a TV/radio programme