NUJ lodges complaint over guidelines on behaviour in 'goldfish bowl' New Broadcasting House BBC newsroom

Guidelines over staff behaviour in the BBC's New Broadcasting House newsroom have led to the NUJ lodging a complaint.

The newsroom forms a live backdrop to the BBC TV news bulletins.

The Telegraph reports that paramedics were prevented from entering the “goldfish bowl” newsroom when a journalist was taken ill because their high-visibility jackets would have been seen by BBC News channel viewers.

The National Union of Journalists has lodged a complaint with the BBC over the incident.

But according to a BBC source, paramedics were allowed to enter the newsroom to treat a member of staff. In a separate incident, another journalist was taken ill but was treated away from the newsroom.

A spokesperson for the corporation said there was no ban on medical staff attending to patients in the newsroom. The spokesperson added that the guidance on staff behaviour did not constitute a set of rules, although wearing high-vis clothing, and gathering together or eating behind live shots “was discouraged”.

The guidance was issued to all staff working at New Broadcasting House when it was opened in March.

The Telegraph further claims that staff have been deployed to monitor what appear on screens or to instruct colleagues how to behave when the cameras are rolling.

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