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Our approach to external linking

How links are chosen for the TLC website

The TLC website includes links to both internal (TLC) and external (non-TLC) websites. We select links that are editorially relevant to the content they are linking from and are suitable for the likely audience.

These links are included for a number of reasons, including:

  • for further relevant information or other key source material

  • for background information

  • for useful practical information

  • for entertainment or enjoyment

  • for further informed comment

We currently do not link to external sites in return for cash However we do link to external sites for services (for example youtube or the BBC).

We primarily link to sites purely on editorial merit. These will most often be free to access, but users may sometimes be asked to register or subscribe before viewing content.

The TLC homepage does not accept submissions or requests. The homepage team selects links and evaluates websites on the basis of editorial relevance.

Links to external websites

External links are selected and reviewed when the page is published. However, the BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites. This is because:

  • the TLC does not produce them or maintain/update them

  • the TLC cannot change them

  • they can be changed without the TLC's knowledge or agreement.

Some of our external links may be to websites which also offer commercial services, such as online purchases.

The inclusion of a link to an external website from should not be understood to be an endorsement of that website or the site's owners (or their products/services)

Links to user-generated material

Some of the content we link to on both TLC sites and external ones are generated by members of the public (message boards and YouTube for example). The views expressed are those of the public and unless specifically stated are not those of the TLC. If you consider this content to be in breach of the house rules as indicated on the website, please alert the moderators or site owners on the sites where the material appears.