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The BBC is a public service broadcaster
BBC News is the news division of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), responsible for television, radio and online news bulletins. The BBC is a public service broadcaster, meaning that it does not receive any money from the UK government and is instead funded by a licence fee paid by UK households.
The BBC News channel is available in the UK on terrestrial television, on satellite platforms including Sky and Freesat, and internationally on cable systems in Europe, Asia and Africa. The BBC News website is also available to audiences around the world.
The BBC is funded by the licence fee
The BBC is a public service broadcaster, which means it is funded by the licence fee.
The BBC is the world’s largest broadcasting corporation. It is a public service broadcaster, which means it is funded by the licence fee.
The BBC has a range of channels and radio stations, including: BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies, Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music.
The BBC is independent of the government
The BBC is independent of the government and the BBC Trust is the governing body of the BBC responsible for itsdirection and setting its strategy. The BBC Executive Board, headed by the Director-General, runs the day-to-day operations of the BBC.
The BBC is regulated by Ofcom
The BBC is a public service broadcaster, meaning it does not answer to shareholders like a commercial organisation and relies on public funding through the licence fee to continue operating.
It is financed by a annual TV licence fee, currently £154.50, which every UK household that watches or records live TV must pay. The BBC also generates income through commercial ventures such as selling DVDs, CDs and books, as well as BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, which operates in various countries around the world.
The BBC is regulated by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom, which ensures it continues to provide a broad range of programming and services of high quality and standards.