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If we uphold your complaint we may issue an order that requires the broadcaster to take some form of action. The broadcaster must comply with our order – if they don’t, they can be liable for a fine.
We can order the broadcaster to:
If your complaint has been upheld by the BSA and the BSA is considering making an order it will ask you for your opinion on what should happen.
If the Authority is considering making an order, both you and the broadcaster will be asked for your views on what orders, if any, should be made.
The Authority then considers both parties’ submissions and takes into account a number of factors including, but not limited to:
The BSA has issued a practice note that explains the approach we are likely to take when awarding costs to a complainant:
The BSA can only order costs against a complainant if it finds the complaint is frivolous or vexatious or one that should not have been made:
Yes, the complainant and the broadcaster both have the right to appeal any BSA decision to the High Court. You must give notice of that appeal within one calendar month of the decision.