JOURNALISM ETHICS 101: On-Air Telephone Interviews

What’s in the book and what’s otherwise practiced!

(KBP Broadcast Code 2007, Art. 7 Sec. 7)
"Telephone calls or interviews must not be aired without informing the other party beforehand."

However, in real practice many broadcasters are instantly putting on-the-air people they called by phone without informing the person at the other end of the line that he/she is already heard over the radio.

The practice is unfair to the person who might speak foul or inappropriate language without knowing he/she can be heard by radio listeners.

On the part of the broadcaster, it could be a violation of the Anti-Wire Tapping Law considering that every public affairs program of any radio station has a tape recording.

(RA 4200--Anti Wire Tapping Law, Sec. 1)
"It shall be unlawful for any person, not being authorized by all the parties to any private communication or spoken word, to tap any wire or cable, or by using any other device or arrangement, to secretly overhear, intercept, or record such communication or spoken word..."

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