Complaints about newspapers or magazines
The Press Complaints Commission is an independent body which deals with complaints from members of the public about the editorial content of newspapers and magazines.
The service to the public is free to use and the Commission aims to deal with most complaints in 32 working days.
Complaints about adverts
The Advertising Standards Authority is the UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media. It applies the Advertising Codes, which are written by the Committees of Advertising Practice.
Its work includes acting on complaints and proactively checking the media to take action against misleading, harmful or offensive advertisements.
Find out how to complain to the Advertising Standards Authority.
Complaints about the BBC or other television/radio channels
The BBC has its own process set up for dealing with complaints about the radio and television programmes it broadcasts. You will usually need to complain within 12 weeks of the programme transmission or event.
The BBC website has details about the full complaints procedure and the BBC Complaints Code of Practice.
Ofcom is the UK regulator for television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications. It deals with complaints about all broadcasters, including the BBC. You can also use their website to look up the contact details for specific broadcasters, if you would like to complain to them directly.