The corporation has decided to censor its own topical quizshow, fronted by David Mitchell, amid apparent fears of bad press.
The premise of the entertainment format centres around three comedians, who have been isolated from public life, having to distinguish real and fake news stories.
According to reports, Sky News and ITV have both agreed to supply pretend news clips for the purpose of the gameshow.
An insider from the BBC allegedly told The Independent: "They saw the words 'fake clips' and hit the panic button. There is a climate of fear and they are running scared in case they make a mistake. But there has been a total sense of humour failure."
It has now been claimed that BBC news director Helen Boaden has informed presenters such as Huw Edwards and Nick Robinson that they must not take part in the show.
There is speculation that BBC executives are concerned that the pretend news clips from its journalists, which were allowed in the unseen pilot, could undermine reporters and even concern viewers.
The Bubble kicks off this Friday at 10pm on BBC Two.