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BBC tightens executive producer rules

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The BBC has banned presenters and their agents from being executive producers on their own shows as part of a package of measures designed to improve compliance provisions across the corporation's television and radio output.

All shows made by the BBC or independent production companies are covered by the new rule, which is designed to ensure that there is no conflict of interest when dealing with editorial or compliance matters.

The rule does allow a presenter's agent to hold an executive producer role where it is judged "essential", but an additional executive producer must be added to deal with standards and compliance. It is understood that Addison Cresswell, Jonathan Ross' agent, will remain an executive producer on BBC One's Friday Night with Jonathan Ross because of this stipulation.

"On-screen and on-air talent plays a vital role in BBC productions, both independent and in-house, and their creative input is very highly valued," said George Entwistle, BBC Vision's controller of editorial standards. "But creative input must not be confused with responsibility for editorial standards and compliance.

"Artists and their agents need to be free to focus on the creative process while another senior member of the team takes responsibility for ensuring that compliance procedures are followed and editorial standards are met."

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