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The BBC’s always been what the world listened to. Now, for the first time the British broadcaster is listening in. While putting together its new editorial guidelines for TV, radio and online, which are revised every five years, the BBC Trust has invited the audience point of view. Some changes needed include ‘better bleeping’ which thoroughly obscures mouth movement, so you can’t lipread expletives. Also, no unduly intimidatory, intrusive or aggressive remarks to be used for entertainment purposes. Strong language, even post 9 pm, isn’t okay unless editorially justified. Listeners and viewers get to input till the end of 2009.