Further consultation: Protecting participants in TV and radio programmes

  • Start: 13 March 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 07 July 2020

Further consultation published 13 March 2020

This is our second consultation on protecting participants in TV and radio programmes.

On 29 July 2019, Ofcom published an initial consultation which proposed two new rules for Section Two of the Broadcasting Code to require broadcasters to ensure they take ‘due care’ of people participating in television and radio programmes.

Our work in this area recognises the growing concern in society about mental health and wellbeing, and the increase in complaints made to us about the welfare of people who take part in programmes.

Having carefully considered responses to our first consultation and helpful input from former programme participants, psychiatrists and psychologists, broadcasters, and academics, we are now seeking feedback on some revisions to our approach.

Update 30 March 2020 – extension of deadline

We are today extending the deadline for responses by 12 weeks. The new closing date for this consultation is now Tuesday 7 July 2020.

Main documents

Supporting documents

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Responder name Type
[Response to further consultation] Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation (ANO) TV Novosti (PDF File, 224.7 KB) Organisation
[Response to further consultation] BBC (PDF File, 253.5 KB) Organisation
[Response to further consultation] British Psychological Society (BPS) (PDF File, 161.6 KB) Organisation
[Response to further consultation] Channel 4 (PDF File, 200.9 KB) Organisation
[Response to further consultation] Directors UK (PDF File, 287.7 KB) Organisation
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