The BBC has set out new guidelines for flagship presenters after a tweet by Gary Lineker prompted an impartiality row.
The company has revealed particular steering, as a part of its social media evaluation, for high-profile presenters internet hosting flagship programmes, which they have to adhere to whereas the programme is on air and for a two-week window earlier than and after the collection.
Presenters on flagship reveals should not endorse or assault a political occasion, criticise the character of particular person politicians within the UK, or take up an official function in campaigning teams, it mentioned.
The BBC named Dragons’ Den’s Evan Davis, The One Show’s Alex Jones, MasterChef hosts John Torode and Gregg Wallace, and Match Of The Day’s Mark Chapman and Lineker amongst those that fall beneath the foundations.
Similarly, Strictly Come Dancing hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, The Apprentice’s Lord Alan Sugar and Antiques Roadshow’s Fiona Bruce may even have to stick to the brand new guidelines.
BBC radio presenters Greg James, Zoe Ball, Vernon Kay and Scott Mills have been additionally named as presenters of flagship programmes.
The company mentioned the steering doesn’t embody contributors, pundits, judges or visitor hosts however does apply to presenters of main sporting occasions and Top Gear – which is at the moment not in manufacturing.
The new steering comes after an unbiased evaluation was performed by former ITN boss John Hardie, following Lineker’s temporary BBC suspension after he in contrast the language used to launch a brand new authorities asylum seeker coverage with that of Nineteen Thirties Germany on X, previously generally known as Twitter.
Former England striker Lineker described the BBC’s up to date social media steering as “all very sensible” on X.
Setting out his suggestions, Mr Hardie mentioned: “High-profile presenters outside of journalism should be able to express views on issues and policies – including matters of political contention – but stop well short of campaigning in party politics or for activist organisations”.
Mr Hardie spoke to greater than 80 individuals, each inside and outdoors the BBC as a part of the evaluation.
BBC director-general Tim Davie mentioned: “We all have a responsibility to treat people with civility and respect, particularly at a time when public debate and discussion, both on and offline, can be so polarised.
“The BBC also has important commitments to both freedom of expression and impartiality – and this rightly extends to social media.
“I would, therefore, like to thank John Hardie, and all those who took part in this review, for such a thorough, clear and considered report.
“Clarity on how those working for the BBC use social media is not only important for them and the organisation but also for our audiences.
“The new guidance, which includes new requirements for presenters of our flagship programmes, is both proportionate and fair and protects these commitments.”
The BBC mentioned the particular steering for flagship programmes is along with the prevailing impartiality steering for people working in information and present affairs and factual journalism manufacturing, which stays the identical.