Code of Fairness, Objectivity and Impartiality in News and Current Affairs

This Code deals with matters of fairness, objectivity and impartiality in news and current affairs content and is prepared under Section 42 of the Broadcasting Act 2009. The effective date of the Code is 1st July 2013.

The Code

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The Code applies to broadcasters within the jurisdiction of Ireland. It does not apply to other services commonly received in this State, but licensed in the United Kingdom or other jurisdictions.

The term ‘broadcaster‘ is understood in the context of the definition provided in the Broadcasting Act 2009, which is as follows: “Broadcaster means a person who supplies a compilation of programme material for the purpose of its being transmitted, relayed or distributed as a broadcasting service (whether that person transmits, relays or distributes that material as such a service or not)”.

Guidance Notes

Guidance Notes to accompany the Code have been prepared by the BAI. The Notes are provided as an aid to understanding the intent of the principles and rules and the manner of their application in a broadcast context.

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Any viewer or listener should in the first instance refer a complaint directly to the relevant broadcaster if they are dissatisfied with the manner in which a broadcaster is complying with this Code.

Further information on the complaints process is available here or by calling the BAI on 01 6441200.

The development of the Code

A draft Code was published in February 2012 when the BAI launched a public consultation process inviting responses from a range of stakeholders.  79 submissions were received. The consultation process also included a national representative survey on a number of issues contained within the Code.  The survey was conducted for the BAI by IpsosMRBI.  Download the representative survey of public opinion

List of Respondents to the Consultation

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