BBC regulation and Operating Framework

29 March 2017

Effective from 3 April 2017, Ofcom became the BBC's first external regulator.

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Content standards

The Charter gives Ofcom responsibility for regulating the content standards of the BBC’s television, radio and on-demand programmes.


Ofcom must consider the impacts of the BBC’s activities on fair and effective competition


Ofcom is tasked with holding the BBC to account in relation to its output and services, using the range of regulatory tools at our disposal.


Under the Charter, Ofcom must enforce compliance by the BBC with specified requirements.