Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin: Notes to broadcasters

13 January 2020

This page shows notes which Ofcom has published to alert broadcasters and on demand service providers to key changes or information.

Notes to broadcastersBulletin issueDate
New Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin format (PDF, 877.3 KB)39316 December 2019
Daytime chat and adult chat television services (PDF, 832.5 KB)39118 November 2019
Note to Broadcasters: Election programming (PDF, 579.8 KB)3904 November 2019
European elections: a note to broadcasters (PDF, 86.9 KB)n/a12 April 2019
Monitoring of diversity and equal opportunites in broadcasting (PDF, 709.9 KB)37813 May 2019
Election programming (PDF, 1.1 MB)37525 March 2019
Statement: Changes to the Age-Verification Guidance (PDF, 576.0 KB)37411 March 2019
Monitoring of diversity and equal opportunities in broadcasting (PDF, 1.6 MB)37325 February 2019
Monitoring of equality of opportunity and training in radio broadcasting (PDF, 1.2 MB)36505 November 2018
Changes to the Mandatory Daytime PIN Protection rules (PDF, 1.2 MB)36505 November 2018
New application process for short-term restrcited service licences ("SRSLs") (PDF, 1.2 MB)36505 November 2018
Broadcaster compliance workshops (PDF, 928.9 KB)36110 September 2018
Monitoring of diversity and equal opportunities in broadcasting (PDF, 871.7 KB)35618 June 2018
Cigarette packaging in TV programming  (PDF, 871.7 KB)35618 June 2018
The scheduling of advertising breaks during coverage of formal Royal ceremonies (PDF, 762.0 KB)35308 May 2018
Monitoring of diversity and equal opportunities in broadcasting  (PDF, 959.0 KB)35019 March 2018
Monitoring of diversity and equal opportunities in broadcasting (PDF, 1.2 MB)34705 February 2018
Monitoring of equality of opportunity and training in radio broadcasting  (PDF, 1.1 MB)34418 December 2017
Advertising and programming broadcast simultaneously (PDF, 1.1 MB)34304 December 2017
Monitoring of equality of opportunity and training in broadcasting (JPG, 383.2 KB)33923 October 2017
Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin research (PDF, 1.2 MB)33611 September 2017
Rule 2.1 of the Code; Health and wealth claims in programmes (PDF, 1.4 MB)33407 August 2017
BBC online material (PDF, 1.4 MB)33005 June 2017
Election programming  (PDF, 1.6 MB)32724 April 2017
Amended Broadcasting Code and Procedures (PDF, 924.5 KB)32603 April 2017
Election programming (PDF, 568.1 KB)32520 March 2017
Ofcom consultations on new proposed procedures for handling BBC content standards complaints, investigations and sanctions; and proposed changes to current investigation and sanction procedures for other broadcasters and notified on demand service providers (PDF, 642.6 KB)32123 January 2017
Monitoring of training and equality of opportunity in broadcasting  (PDF, 995.3 KB)31919 December 2016
Broadcasting Code Review: Preparing for Ofcom's new responsibilities for regulating the BBC (PDF, 995.3 KB)31919 December 2016
Upcoming consultations on proposed amendments to the Broadcasting Code, and new BBC complaints handling procedures (PDF, 606.8 KB)31805 December 2016
Consultation on Ofcom's rules on due impartiality, due accuracy, elections and referendums (PDF, 1.1 MB)31721 November 2016
Decision of Ofcom's Election Committee: Vote Leave Complaint (PDF, 1.3 MB) 31001 August 2016
E-cigarettes: changes to Sections Nine and Ten of the Code and the Rules and Guidance for On Demand Programme Services (PDF, 939.3 KB)30523 May 2016
Changes to Section Three of the Broadcasting Code30409 May 2016
Call for Inputs: Mandatory daytime PIN protections (PDF, 1.2 MB)30211 April 2016
Election and referendum programming (PDF, 1.1 MB)30007 March 2016
Broadcasting Code Review: Section Three (PDF, 873.2 KB)29725 January 2016
Format of Ofcom's Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin (PDF, 568.7 KB)29611 January 2016
Future regulation of on-demand programme services  (PDF, 1015.1 KB)29521 December 2015
Broadcasting Code Review: Section Three (PDF, 875.9 KB)29209 November 2015
Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising (PDF, 1.7 MB)28517 August 2015
Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising (PDF, 1.0 MB)28313 July 2015
Guidance to Code Section Ten: Commercial Communications in Radio Programming (PDF, 1.1 MB)28229 June 2015
Broadcast Charity Appeals (PDF, 847.7 KB)28001 June 2015
Broadcasting Code: non-geographic numbers in programming (PDF, 632.5 KB)27805 May 2015
Tower Hamlets Mayoral Election (PDF, 632.5 KB)27805 May 2015
Guidance on Rules 1.28 and 1.29 of the Code (PDF, 679.8 KB)27630 March 2015
Election programming (PDF, 746.8 KB)27516 March 2015
Compliance with licence requirements to retain and produce recordings (PDF, 1.2 MB)27316 February 2015
Broadcasting Code: non-geographic numbers in programming (PDF, 733.4 KB)26420 October 2014
COSTA rules and split-screen advertising (PDF, 666.0 KB)26222 September 2014
Targeted monitoring exercise: short-term Restricted licence Services (S-RSLs) (PDF, 666.3 KB)25730 June 2014
Guidance on Section Nine of the Broadcasting Code (PDF, 775.0 KB)25502 June 2014
Programming relating to the Scottish Independence Referendum (PDF, 794.0 KB)25419 May 2014
Tageted monitoring exercise: religious programming (PDF, 1.0 MB)25306 May 2014
Election programming (PDF, 480.3 KB)25131 March 2014
Extension of pilot period: on air references to websites used for paid-for viewer participation and interaction (PDF, 1.1 MB)23505 August 2013
Ofcom's monitoring of compliance with the Code on the Scheduling of Television Advertising (COSTA) (PDF, 1.1 MB)23505 August 2013
Policy Statement: Commercial Communications in Radio Programming (PDF, 840.9 KB)23415 July 2013
Election programming (PDF, 1.4 MB)22618 March 2013
Adult chat and daytime chat service (PDF, 896.7 KB)22304 February 2013
The involvement of people under eighteen in programmes (PDF, 948.1 KB)22017 December 2012
Extension of pilot period: on air references to websites used for paid-for viewer participation and interaction (PDF, 622.4 KB)21113 August 2012
Amendment to Ofcom Guidance to Section two of the Code: on-air warnings about charges incurred by calls made outside voting and competition windows (PDF, 592.8 KB)21023 July 2012
Election and Referendum programming (PDF, 1.5 MB)20219 March 2012
Publication of new guidance and research (PDF, 839.2 KB)19110 October 2011
Offensive language in radio programming (PDF, 1.0 MB)18912 September 2011
Pilot period: on air references to websites used for paid-for viewer participation and interaction (PDF, 936.8 KB)18822 August 2011
Proposed pilot period: on air references to websites directyl linked to 'apps' for paid-for viewer participation and interaction (PDF, 1.0 MB)18618 July 2011
Ofcom's policy on deadline extensions (PDF, 875.2 KB)18504 July 2011
Compliance procedures and broadcast of offensive language before the watershed or when children are particularly likely to be listening (PDF, 516.7 KB)18306 June 2011
Apps and audience participation in programmes (PDF, 1.1 MB)16908 November 2010
Publication of some breach findings in a summary table (PDF, 440.7 KB)16627 September 2010
Broadcasting Code changes: Section Ten of the Code (PDF, 673.3 KB)16513 September 2010
Broadcasting Code Review: Sections Nine and Ten of the Code (PDF, 150.2 KB)16105 July 2010
Provider of a broadcasting service (PDF, 475.7 KB)15824 May 2010
Guidance on Rule 9.13 (PDF, 807.9 KB)14821 December 2009
Recordings (PDF, 239.2 KB)11715 September 2008
Revised guidance to Rule 9.1 to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code (PDF, 257.5 KB)11421 July 2008
Revised guidance on Section Two of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code (PDF, 298.7 KB)11027 May 2008
Changes to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code (PDF, 585.9 KB)10614 April 2008
The broadcast of sexually explicit 'free-to-view' material by encrypted 'adult' channels (PDF, 390.5 KB)10325 February 2008
SMS shortcode (text) entry method used in competitions (PDF, 381.6 KB)10211 February 2008
User Generated Content (PDF, 203.1 KB)10128 January 2008
Revised guidance concerning society lotteries (PDF, 151.3 KB)9803 December 2007
Babe' channels: explicit content, use of PRS in programmes, and quality of recordings (PDF, 167.1 KB)9522 October 2007
Sponsorship and gambling (PDF, 289.3 KB)9210 September 2007
Note to Broadcasters (PDF, 106.8 KB)9030 July 2007
Compliance procedures and broadcast of unsuitable material before the watershed or when children are particularly likely to be listening (PDF, 429.3 KB)8916 July 2007
New targets for Ofcom's handling of complaints (PDF, 500.7 KB)8521 May 2007
Violence in soaps and Rule 1.11 (PDF, 336.3 KB)8323 April 2007
Methodology in quizzes (PDF, 336.3 KB)8323 April 2007
Additional Guidance to Rule 2.3: Trailers and Programme Promotions (PDF, 56.4 KB)6015 May 2006
Guidance for Rules 2.11 and 10.10 of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code (PDF, 152.5 KB)5818 April 2006
Practice to follow 7.7 Guarantees given to contributors relating to protection of identity (PDF, 241.5 KB)5620 March 2006
Guidance to Rule 10.4 (undue prominence) (PDF, 86.0 KB)4905 December 2005
Guidance to Rule 7.11 (opportunity to respond) (PDF, 86.0 KB)4905 December 2005