BBC

  • british broadcasting corporation
    type
    statutory corporation
    with a royal charter
    industrymass media
    predecessorbritish broadcasting company
    founded18 october 1922; 97 years ago (1922-10-18) (as british broadcasting company)
    1 january 1927; 93 years ago (1927-01-01) (as british broadcasting corporation)
    founderhm government
    john reith, first director-general
    headquartersbroadcasting house
    london, w1
    united kingdom
    area served
    worldwide
    key people
    • sir david clementi (chairman)
    • lord hall of birkenhead (director-general)
    products
    • broadcasting
    • radio
    • web portals
    services
    • television
    • radio
    • online
    revenuedecrease £4.889 billion (2019)[1]
    operating income
    decrease £−52 million (2019)[1]
    net income
    increase £−69 million (2019)[1]
    total assetsdecrease £1.172 billion (2019)[1]
    ownerpublic owned[2]
    number of employees
    22,401 (2019)[1]
    websitewww.bbc.co.uk
    bbc.com (outside uk)

    the british broadcasting corporation (bbc) is a british public service broadcaster. its headquarters are at broadcasting house in westminster, london. it is the world's oldest national broadcaster,[3] and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.[4] it employs over 22,000 staff in total, more than 16,000 of whom are in public sector broadcasting.[5][6][7][8] the total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.[9]

    the bbc is established under a royal charter[10] and operates under its agreement with the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.[11] its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee[12] which is charged to all british households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts and iplayer catch-up.[13] the fee is set by the british government, agreed by parliament,[14] and used to fund the bbc's radio, tv, and online services covering the nations and regions of the uk. since 1 april 2014, it has also funded the bbc world service (launched in 1932 as the bbc empire service), which broadcasts in 28 languages and provides comprehensive tv, radio, and online services in arabic and persian.

    around a quarter of bbc's revenue comes from its commercial subsidiary bbc studios (formerly bbc worldwide), which sells bbc programmes and services internationally and also distributes the bbc's international 24-hour english-language news services bbc world news, and from bbc.com, provided by bbc global news ltd. in 2009, the company was awarded the queen's award for enterprise in recognition of its international achievements.[15]

    from its inception, through the second world war (where its broadcasts helped to unite the nation), to the 21st century, the bbc has played a prominent role in british life and culture.[16] it is also known colloquially as "the beeb", "auntie", or a combination of both (as "auntie beeb" or "auntie b").[17][18]

  • history
  • governance and corporate structure
  • finances
  • headquarters and regional offices
  • technology (atos service)
  • services
  • commercial activities
  • cultural significance
  • controversy and criticism
  • logos and symbols of the bbc
  • see also
  • references
  • external links

British Broadcasting Corporation
Statutory corporation
with a Royal charter
IndustryMass media
PredecessorBritish Broadcasting Company
Founded18 October 1922; 97 years ago (1922-10-18) (as British Broadcasting Company)
1 January 1927; 93 years ago (1927-01-01) (as British Broadcasting Corporation)
FounderHM Government
John Reith, first Director-General
HeadquartersBroadcasting House
London, W1
United Kingdom
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Products
Services
RevenueDecrease £4.889 billion (2019)[1]
Decrease £−52 million (2019)[1]
Increase £−69 million (2019)[1]
Total assetsDecrease £1.172 billion (2019)[1]
OwnerPublic owned[2]
Number of employees
22,401 (2019)[1]
Websitewww.bbc.co.uk
bbc.com (Outside UK)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London. It is the world's oldest national broadcaster,[3] and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees.[4] It employs over 22,000 staff in total, more than 16,000 of whom are in public sector broadcasting.[5][6][7][8] The total number of staff is 35,402 when part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff are included.[9]

The BBC is established under a Royal Charter[10] and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.[11] Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee[12] which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts and iPlayer catch-up.[13] The fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament,[14] and used to fund the BBC's radio, TV, and online services covering the nations and regions of the UK. Since 1 April 2014, it has also funded the BBC World Service (launched in 1932 as the BBC Empire Service), which broadcasts in 28 languages and provides comprehensive TV, radio, and online services in Arabic and Persian.

Around a quarter of BBC's revenue comes from its commercial subsidiary BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide), which sells BBC programmes and services internationally and also distributes the BBC's international 24-hour English-language news services BBC World News, and from BBC.com, provided by BBC Global News Ltd. In 2009, the company was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of its international achievements.[15]

From its inception, through the Second World War (where its broadcasts helped to unite the nation), to the 21st century, the BBC has played a prominent role in British life and culture.[16] It is also known colloquially as "The Beeb", "Auntie", or a combination of both (as "Auntie Beeb" or "Auntie B").[17][18]