BBC staff declare additional paid-for work in new events register

The BBC has published its first staff external events register, as part of its commitment to the highest standards of impartiality

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On-air talent in news and current affairs, sports news and radio journalism roles - plus senior leaders - must declare earnings from work undertaken outside of the BBC, including speaking engagements or corporate events.

Through a new standardised process, introduced on 1 January, staff must seek written approval from a divisional head of department before signing up to any external engagements. A summary of these approved events will be published every quarter. The first iteration of the register covers January to March 2021.

To ensure transparency, those staff who undertake a paid-for engagement are named in the register, alongside the organisation involved and whether the fee was above or below £5,000.

Around 85% fell below £5,000, with 50% of these under £1,000. The register includes full-time and part-time staff.

The BBC’s robust and longstanding Editorial Guidelines permit staff to carry out additional engagements as long as they do not compromise the integrity or impartiality of the BBC.

The register was announced last October and launched in January, as part of a series of measures to ensure the highest standards of impartiality across the organisation. New staff guidance on impartiality and social media use was published last year and new impartiality training was rolled out in January.

Source BBC One

May 5, 2021 3:00am ET by BBC One  

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