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How to Use the Handbook

The 'C4 Compliance Procedures' section sets out Channel 4's internal compliance procedures for both programmes and online. All internal editorial staff and independent producers should read this chapter carefully, so they are aware of their crucial role in the compliance process.


The 'Ofcom Broadcasting Code' section sets out the main rules of the Code and provides explanation and analysis.


The 'Media Law' section summarises the main areas of media law that affect the making and broadcasting of programmes and online content. It is hoped that this chapter will enable programme-makers and editorial staff to identify areas of the law that might affect content they are working on, to enable them to seek timely legal advice.


The 'C4 Guidelines' section contains best practice Channel 4 guidelines referred to in other parts of the Handbook.


The Handbook is intended as a helpful reference tool. It is not intended to replace consultation with Channel 4’s editorial staff and taking and acting upon appropriate advice from Channel 4's legal & compliance department.


Every effort has been made to ensure this online handbook is accurate at the time of publication and updates will be made available on a regular basis.