House rules on the air

If you take part in any WHYS broadcast there are a few things that you can expect from us, and a few things that we ask of you in return. Here’s how it works.


– We’ll have at least one and sometimes more conversations with you before going on air. This gives us a chance to find out more about your opinions and experiences, and it also gives you a chance to ask any questions that you may have ahead of taking part.


– We’ll make sure you are given a proper opportunity to express yourself. You can expect to be spoken to courteously and respectfully by the presenter and the other guests.

– We want the show to be a conversation, so please no speeches. Rather make one point, or share one experience and let the others taking part respond to what you have to say. You may well get further opportunities to add to what you’ve said later in the show.

– Feel free to speak to each other directly. You don’t need to wait for the presenter to ask you into the conversation.

– By all means challenge and respond to what others say, but please be respectful of other’s opinions and their right to express them.

– Be yourself! WHYS exists to hear from people all over the world just as you are. Don’t do anything differently because you’re on the BBC.

…if you have any questions or issues that you want to raise with us about your experience on the air, you’re welcome to contact us.

13 Responses to “House rules on the air”

  1. 1 James
    July 4, 2009 at 08:18

    After just a few weeks of listening here in Indiana on WFYI Indianapolis. I see the reason for the reading of house rules . And I agree that you should continue to read them.
    James from Anderson Indiana USA

  2. July 4, 2009 at 22:05

    This is partially agreeable.
    When we have absolute freedom to write our sayings on these colums,you have some indpendent rights to frame rules,ie.,House rules on the air.
    Each country will separate press,electronic media code for their protection against foreign bad elements,some cultural rules for smooth running of their governments.
    Always Give and Take policies to be adopted for mutual benefits and for mutual co-operation for running the organisations.
    I welcomed it.

  3. 3 Dennis Junior
    July 6, 2009 at 05:08

    Excellent House Rules…Thanks for putting them on the record…
    ~Dennis Junior~

  4. 4 skip seibel
    July 10, 2009 at 18:44

    americans not responding to what the african speakers are saying? perhaps we are content to have mr. obama speak for us.

  5. 5 Maingi from kenya
    August 5, 2009 at 05:51

    Great rules!!

  6. August 5, 2009 at 08:27

    Thanks for publishing of my comments.
    Your House rules on the air is acceptable to many viewers.
    Still,you can bring lot of events from third world countries
    After seeing all your latest world news either from radio,TV ,websites,i should be in a easy position to write comments on the spot.
    with best wishes.,

  7. 7 Nelson Isibor
    September 2, 2009 at 12:44

    It would be great if this link and blog house rules can be included in the daily email. Frankly some people never bother to read either of them from the blog.

  8. December 9, 2009 at 15:28

    Thank you very much for accepting my comments,and i promisse to be respectful to this oportunity given me

  9. 9 Charlie
    January 6, 2010 at 14:03

    What is the purpose of every kind of backgound noise to the spoken BBC word?

    Meaningless staccato, pulsating snatches of music and other irritating interference often equal or louder that the speech.

    It makes it difficult to hear clearly what is being said.

  10. February 2, 2010 at 09:05

    The rules are just great,everyone is well aware of h/her limits,bravo

  11. 11 Anna
    February 8, 2010 at 13:13

    Hi everybody
    I have been listening your programme for five moths. I am a spanish journalist and an advanced level learner of English. I liked a lot the programme about fat people, about the children looking at one screen too long, about the German people who wanted to pay more tax to help others, about the Australian goverment apologies, etc.
    It was great.
    I want to congratulate all the team.

    • February 8, 2010 at 17:19

      Well and wish to hear the same from you.
      Your comment on this subject,and observations from BBC World Services are praise worthy.
      Please write ,send videos to us to know more about Spanish music,literature,economics,life style,entertainment,and some more related subjects to us often and often.
      Thanks for writing a comment on Have your say-house rules on the air.

  12. March 18, 2010 at 13:57

    How do we participate in your Town Hall Conference? I really want to be a part of this conversation as I want to get familiar with diversity of people and express my concerns while interacting with them. Is there any special criteria to be met? I have attended the Town Hall meetings in my universities, so I realize its benefits and importance. I’d be very grateful if you would provide me with enough information as I want to be a part of it.

    Thank you!

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