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Broadcasting British Broadcasting Company 18 October 1922 Sir John Reith City of Westminster, London, United Kingdom Worldwide Sir Michael Lyons (Chairman, BBC Trust) Mark Thompson (Director-General) Television, Radio & Online

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the principal public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom, headquartered in the Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London.[1] It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff.[2][3][4] Its main responsibility is to provide public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. The BBC is an autonomous public service broadcaster[4] that operates under a Royal Charter.[5] Within the United Kingdom its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee,[6] which is charged to all United Kingdom households, companies and organisations using any type of equipment to record and/or receive live television broadcasts;[7] the level of the fee is set annually by the British Government and agreed by Parliament.[8] Outside the UK, the BBC World Service has provided services by direct broadcasting and re-transmission contracts by sound radio since the inauguration of the BBC Empire Service in December 1932, and more recently by television and online. Though sharing some of the facilities of the domestic services, particularly for news and current affairs output, the World Service has a separate Managing Director, and its operating costs have historically been funded mainly by direct grants from the UK government. These grants were determined independently of the domestic licence fee. A recent spending review has announced plans for the funding for the world service to be drawn from the domestic licence fee.

The Corporation's 'guaranteed' income from the licence fee and the World Service grants are supplemented by profits from commercial operations through a wholly owned subsidiary, BBC Worldwide Ltd. The company's activities include programme- and format-sales, magazines including Radio Times and book publishing. The BBC also earns additional income from selling certain programmemaking services through BBC Studios and Post Production Ltd., formerly BBC Resources Ltd, another wholly owned trading subsidiary of the corporation.

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1 History 2 Governance o 2.1 BBC Trust o 2.2 Executive Board o 2.3 Corporate structure 3 Finance o 3.1 Revenue o 3.2 Expenditure 4 Headquarters and regional offices 5 Services o 5.1 Television o 5.2 Radio o 5.3 News o 5.4 Attitudes toward the BBC in popular culture 6 Criticism and controversies 7 Other media venues o 7.1 Internet o 7.2 Interactive television o 7.3 Commercial services o 7.4 Music o 7.5 Miscellaneous 8 Unions 9 Cultural significance 10 See also 11 References 12 Bibliography 13 Further reading 14 External links

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Further information: Timeline of the BBC Main article: British Broadcasting Company

alternating between an improved Baird mechanical 240 line system and the all electronic 405 line Marconi-EMI system. London. The motto is generally attributed to Montague John Rendall.. in Torquay with the BBC among the 23 founding broadcasting organisations." In fact. announcer Leslie Mitchell started by saying. The superiority of the electronic system saw the mechanical system dropped early the following year. How are you? Do you remember me. A widely reported urban myth is that..[12] The British Broadcasting Company Ltd was created by the British General Post Office (GPO) and John Reith applied for a job with the existing company and later became its employee general manager.. and British Thomson-Houston[11]—to broadcast experimental radio services. The first transmission was on 14 November of that year. The company was wound-up and on 1 January 1927[13] a new non-commercial entity called the British Broadcasting Corporation established under a Royal Charter became successor in interest. Metropolitan-Vickers. the first person to appear when transmission resumed was Jasmine Bligh and the words said were "Good afternoon.[14] The motto is said to be a "felicitous adaptation" of Micah 4: 3 "nation shall not lift up a sword against nation". . Limited regular broadcasts using this system began in 1934. incorporating the motto "Nation shall speak peace unto Nation". To represent its purpose and values. and member of the first BBC Board of Governors. "As I was saying before we were so rudely interrupted . upon resumption of service. Jasmine Bligh . and an expanded service (now named the BBC Television Service) started from Alexandra Palace in 1936. located at Marconi House.[15] Experimental television broadcasts were started in 1932 using an electromechanical 30 line system developed by John Logie Baird. from station 2LO. everybody. Western Electric. the Corporation adopted the coat of arms. Radio Communication Company.The BBC coat of arms The privately owned BBC was the world's first national broadcasting organisation[9] and was founded on 18 October 1922 as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd.. former headmaster of Winchester College. General Electric.?"[17] The European Broadcasting Union was formed on 12 February 1950.[16] Television broadcasting was suspended from 1 September 1939 to 7 June 1946 during the Second World War. The original company was founded in 1922[10] by a group of six telecommunications companies—Marconi.

created initially to provide subtitling. As well as the four national channels. a series of local BBC radio stations were established in 1967. BBC World Service is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The Light Programme was split into Radio 1 offering continuous "Popular" music and Radio 2 more "Easy Listening". The 405 line VHF transmissions of BBC1 (and ITV) were continued for compatibility with older television receivers until 1985. As a result of the Pilkington Committee report of 1962. This led to resignations of senior management members at the time including the then Director General. more commonly known as the Foreign Office or the FCO. BBC2 used the higher resolution 625 line standard which had been standardised across Europe. the BBC's teletext service. the BBC monopoly on radio services would persist into the 1970s.[19] The "Third" programme became Radio 3 offering classical music and cultural programming. especially on satellite television. Ceefax. dramas and plays. and forced the British government finally to regulate radio services to permit nationally based advertising-financed services. including Radio London. The Home Service became Radio 4 offering news. cable television.[18] the decision was taken to award the BBC a second television channel. Starting in 1964 a series of pirate radio stations (starting with Radio Caroline) came on the air. Greg Dyke.[21][22] Since the deregulation of the UK television and radio market in the 1980s. in which the BBC was praised for the quality and range of its output. the BBC released minutes of the Board meeting which led to Greg Dyke's resignation. In the early days it carried out essential research into acoustics and programme level and noise measurement. BBC Director General Mark Thompson announced a controversial plan to make major cuts and reduce the size of the BBC as an . in 1964.[23] Unlike the other departments of the BBC.Competition to the BBC was introduced in 1955 with the commercial and independently operated television network ITV. but developed into a news and information service. the BBC has faced increased competition from the commercial sector (and from the advertiserfunded public service broadcaster Channel 4). thus blocking out the transmission of both channels and amalgamating all four radio stations into one. On 18 October 2007. renaming the existing service BBC1.[citation needed] The BBC Research Department has played a major part in the development of broadcasting and recording techniques.[citation needed] The 2004 Hutton Inquiry and the subsequent Report raised questions about the BBC's journalistic standards and its impartiality. and non-musical content such as quiz shows. and digital television services. In January 2007. readings. In response the BBC reorganised and renamed their radio channels.[20] In 1974. BBC2 was broadcast in colour from 1 July 1967. However. and was joined by BBC 1 and ITV on 15 November 1969. BBC2. was introduced. is the British government department responsible for promoting the interests of the United Kingdom abroad. In 1978 BBC staff went on strike just before the Christmas of that year. and ITV was very heavily criticised for not providing enough quality programming. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

with its activities being overseen by the BBC Trust (formerly the Board of Governors). who have threatened a series of strikes. Stimulating creativity and cultural excellence. he is the BBC's Editor-in-Chief and chairs the Executive Board. its nations. assesses the performance of the BBC Executive Board in delivering the BBC's services. Helping to deliver to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services. however the BBC have stated that the cuts are essential to move the organisation forward and concentrate on increasing the quality of programming.[24] These plans have been fiercely opposed by unions.organisation. including 1.800 redundancies. independent from direct government intervention. Bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK. The Trust sets the strategy for the corporation. The 2007 Charter specifies that the mission of the Corporation is to "inform. reducing programming output by 10% and selling off the flagship Television Centre building in London. This Charter also created the largest change in the governance of the Corporation since its inception.[25] General management of the organisation is in the hands of a Director-General. The plans included a reduction in posts of 2. It states that the Corporation exists to serve the public interest and to promote its public purposes: • • • • • • Sustaining citizenship and civil society. It abolished the sometimes controversial governing body. replacing the Board of Governors as the governing body of the Corporation.[28] The current members of the Trust are: • Sir Michael Lyons (Chairman) . [edit] Governance The BBC is a corporation. educate and entertain". and replaced it with the BBC Trust and a formalised Executive Board. Promoting education and learning. BBC Trustees are appointed by the British monarch on advice of government ministers. regions and communities.[26] The current Charter[27] came into effect on 1 January 2007 and runs until 31 December 2016. and appoints the Director-General.500. The Royal Charter is reviewed every 10 years. the Board of Governors. consolidating news operations. [edit] BBC Trust Main article: BBC Trust The BBC Trust was formed on 1 January 2007. Representing the UK. and taking a leading role in the switchover to digital television. who is appointed by the Trust.

Director-General.[29] Executive directors: • • • • • • • • • Mark Thompson (Chairman of the Executive Board. Chief Executive. The Executive Board consists of both Executive and NonExecutive directors. BBC North) Non-executive directors: • • • • • • Marcus Agius (senior non-executive director). Group Finance Director. and the BBC's Editor-in-Chief) Mark Byford (Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board.• • • • • • • • • • Richard Ayre Diane Coyle Anthony Fry Alison Hastings Dame Patricia Hodgson Rotha Johnston Elan Closs Stephens David Liddiment Bill Matthews Mehmuda Mian The post of Vice Chairman is currently vacant [edit] Executive Board The Executive Board is responsible for operational management and delivery of services within a framework set by the BBC Trust. BBC People) Zarin Patel (Chief Financial Officer) Caroline Thomson (Chief Operating Officer) Peter Salmon (Director. Juniper Communications Val Gooding former Chief Executive of BUPA [edit] Corporate structure • • • Trust Unit Director-General's Office Content Groups: . Deputy DirectorGeneral. BBC Audio & Music) Erik Huggers (Director. co-founder and Chief Executive. Future Media & Technology) Lucy Adams (Director. and is headed by the DirectorGeneral. Autonomy Corporation David Robbie. British Airways Dr Mike Lynch OBE. BBC Vision) Tim Davie (Director. Mark Thompson. Rexam Dr Samir Shah OBE. BBC Worldwide Ltd) former General Counsel. Barclays Robert Webb QC. Director. (also chairman. Journalism Group) Jana Bennett OBE (Director. Chairman.

A 50% discount is also offered to registered blind.[34] The revenue is collected privately and is paid into the central government Consolidated Fund. an outside agency.26 billion in 2009/10[30] compared to £5.50 per year per household (as of April 2010). Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Treasury and approved by Parliament via legislation.9 billion for British Sky Broadcasting. strategy.• • Journalism (incorporates News. Income from commercial enterprises and from overseas sales of its catalogue of programmes has substantially increased over recent years. This TV Licensing collection is currently carried out by Capita. a process defined in the Communications Act 2003. legal. costing £145. property and distribution) o Marketing.[36] its income can be broken down.[31] £1.9 billion for ITV[32] and £214 million in 2007 for GCap Media (the largest commercial radio broadcaster).[33] [edit] Revenue See also: Television licence and Television licensing in the United Kingdom The principal means of funding the BBC is through the television licence. as follows: . Funds are then allocated by the Department of Culture. Sport and Global News) Vision (incorporates television production and commissioning) Audio & Music (incorporates radio and music production and commissioning) o Future Media & Technology (incorporates web-based services plus Research and Development) Professional Services: o Operations (incorporates policy. Communications and Audiences o Finance o BBC People (incorporates human resources and training) Commercial Groups: o BBC Worldwide Ltd o BBC Studios and Post Production Ltd. or for sound only radio sets (though a separate licence for these was also required for non-TV households until 1971) The cost of a television licence is set by the government and enforced by the criminal law. Such a licence is required to receive broadcast television within the UK. however no licence is required to own a television used for other means. A discount is available for households with only black-and-white television sets. According to the BBC's 2008–2009 Annual Report. formerly BBC Resources o o o [edit] Finance The BBC has the second largest budget of any UK broadcaster with an operating expenditure of £4.[35] with BBC Worldwide contributing some £145 million to the BBC's core public service business. Additional revenues are paid by the Department for Work and Pensions to compensate for subsidised licences for eligible over-75 year olds.

however. 2.52 Transmission and collection costs £1.9 million from BBC Commercial Businesses. 4 and Five Live £1. an obligation to pay a licence fee is no longer appropriate.04 BBC Radio 1. It has been argued that in an age of multi stream.6 million from government grants.08 Nations and English Regions television £1. 3.1 million from other income. or do not require a TV licence.[41] [edit] Expenditure The BBC gave two forms of expenditure statement for the financial year 2005–2006.02 . £41. £775.493. multi-channel availability. especially as there have been cases where such letters have been sent to premises which are up to date with their payments. These letters and adverts have been criticised by Conservative MPs Boris Johnson and Ann Widdecombe. such as providing content to overseas broadcasters and concert ticket sales. The licence fee has.[37] The BBC uses an advertising campaign to inform customers of the requirement to pay the licence fee. The BBC's use of private sector company Capita Group to send letters to premises not paying the licence fee has been criticised.[38][39] Audio clips and television broadcasts are used to inform listeners of the BBC's comprehensive database. for having a threatening nature and language used to scare evaders into paying.[40] There are a number of pressure groups campaigning on the issue of the licence fee. attracted criticism. The amount of each licence fee spent monthly[42] breaks down as follows: Department Monthly cost (GBP) BBC ONE £3.8 million in licence fees collected from householders. £294.• • • • £3.52 BBC TWO £1.

00 68p 36p 14p 10p 8p £10.Digital television channels Nations' and local radio BBC Online BBC Jam Digital radio stations Interactive TV (BBC Red Button) Total £1.54 The total broadcasting spend for 2005–2006[43] is given as: Department Total cost (£million) Television 1443 Radio 218 BBC Online 72 BBC jam 36 Interactive TV (BBCi) 18 Local radio and regional television 370 Programme related spend 338 Overheads and Digital UK 315 Restructuring 107 Transmission and collection costs 320 Total 3237 [edit] Headquarters and regional offices .

is the official headquarters of the BBC. By far the largest concentration of BBC staff in the UK exists in White City and Shepherd's Bush in West London. London. BBC Television Centre Broadcasting House in Portland Place. It is home to three of the ten BBC national radio networks (of which five are currently digital only services not carried on conventional 'analogue' radio). The major part of this plan involves the demolition of the two post-war extensions to the building and construction of an extension[45] designed by Sir Richard MacCormac. Northern Ireland Main article: List of BBC properties Further information: Broadcasting House. London. Broadcast Centre and Centre House. As part of a major reorganisation of BBC property. Broadcasting House (Cardiff). sculpted by Eric Gill. Belfast. and BBC 7. Renovation of Broadcasting House began in 2002 and is scheduled for completion in 2012. which includes the Media Centre. the entire BBC News operation is expected to relocate from the News Centre at BBC Television Centre to the refurbished Broadcasting House to create what is being described as "one of the world's largest live broadcast centres". Greater Manchester. and the BBC World Service.The headquarters of the BBC at Broadcasting House in Portland Place. On the front of the building are statues of Prospero and Ariel. although many of these will move by 2011 to the purpose-built MediaCityUK in Salford. Broadcasting House (Belfast). characters from William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. BBC News is currently based at White City. Well-known buildings in the White City and Shepherd's Bush area include BBC Television Centre and the White City complex. but much of it is due to return to . They are BBC Radio 3.[44] Following completion Broadcasting House will also be home to most of the BBC's national radio stations. BBC Radio 4. England The headquarters of BBC Northern Ireland at Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue.

Broadcasting House. As well as the two main sites in London (Broadcasting House and White City). on completion of the redevelopment there. Newcastle BBC Scotland's and BBC Alba's HQ in Glasgow. along with the World Service. there are seven other major BBC production centres in the UK: • • • • • • • • Cardiff (Broadcasting House Cardiff) Belfast (Broadcasting House Belfast) Glasgow (BBC Pacific Quay) Birmingham (The Mailbox) Manchester (currently based in Oxford Road. Manchester but moving to MediaCityUK by 2011) Leeds (Quarry Hill) Bristol (Broadcasting House Bristol). the BBC is planning to move several departments including BBC Sport and BBC Children's. Scotland. . Southampton . In 2011. Greater Manchester. as well as BBC Radio 5 Live north to newly built premises in Salford Quays. [edit] Services [edit] Television Main article: BBC Television BBC North East & Cumbria.[46] This will mark a major decentralisation of the Corporation's operations from London. which is home to the world-famous BBC Natural History Unit.Home of the BBC's biggest 'English Region' BBC South There are also many smaller local and regional studios scattered throughout the UK.

BBC Alba. albeit on analogue only. although viewers in the Republic of Ireland may receive BBC services via 'overspill' from transmitters in Northern Ireland or Wales. It is also the first multi-genre channel to come entirely from Scotland with almost all of its programmes made in Scotland. the BBC began a 6–12 month trial of high-definition television broadcasts under the name BBC HD. or from digital satellite. BBC Four. Northern Ireland. Switzerland and the Netherlands. The service is currently[when?] only available via satellite and cable television. BBC Two and BBC World News. though most regions still have the ability to 'opt out' of the main feed. Manchester In the UK. In these countries digital and cable operators carry a range of BBC channels these include BBC One. BBC One would follow in November 1969.MediaCity:UK. BBC News. From 9 June 2006. BBC Two variations within England are currently rare. BBC One and BBC Two are the BBC's flagship television channels. Digital television is now in widespread use in the UK. where the presentation is mostly carried out locally on BBC One and Two. was launched in September 2008. then carry a small-scale regular colour service from 1967. In the Republic of Ireland. BBC Two was also the first channel to be transmitted on 625 lines in 1964. i. CBBC and CBeebies. allowing members of UK military serving abroad to watch and listen to them on two dedicated TV channels. The corporation has been producing programmes in the format for many years. received off-air. Since 1975. These variations are more pronounced in the BBC 'Nations'. the BBC has also provided its TV programmes to the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS). and two children's channels. . Scotland and Wales. A new Scottish Gaelic television channel. or via 'deflectors' – transmitters in the Republic which rebroadcast broadcasts from the UK.e. and states that it hopes to produce 100% of new programmes in HDTV by 2010. the BBC channels are available in a number of ways. a high-definition simulcast of BBC One was launched. Several digital only stations are also broadcast: BBC Three. with analogue transmission being phased out by December 2012.[48] On 3 November 2010. BBC Parliament.[47] BBC One is a regionalised TV service which provides opt-outs throughout the day for local news and other local programming.

As of 2005. There is also a network of local stations with a mixture of talk. In addition the BBC World Service is now also broadcast nationally in the UK on DAB. The BBC also provides separate local radio services for the Channel Islands of Guernsey. and in November 2008. BBC Radio 7 (comedy. which is broadcast worldwide on shortwave radio. sports and talk) In recent years some further national stations have been introduced on digital radio platforms including Five Live Sports Extra (a companion to Five Live for additional events coverage).In 2008. partly because the island has long been served by the independent commercial radio station Manx Radio. and on DAB Digital Radio in the UK. These services are provided as a convenience. The BBC does not offer separate local services for the Isle of Man. with 12.9 million weekly listeners)[50] Radio 3 (classical and jazz music) Radio 4 (current affairs. BBC Local Radio The BBC has five major national stations: • • • • • Radio 1 ("the best new music and entertainment") Radio 2 (the UK's most listened to radio station. with a weekly audience estimate of 163 million listeners worldwide.BBC Radio Jersey. news and music in England and the Channel Islands as well as national stations (Nations' radio) of BBC Radio Wales. BBC Radio Scotland.[49] [edit] Radio Further information: BBC Radio.BBC Guernsey and Jersey. BBC Radio nan Gaidheal (in Scots Gaelic). factual. The World Service is a major source of news and information programming and can be received in 150 capital cities worldwide. though not all languages are broadcast in all areas. BBC Radio Cymru (in Welsh). drama and comedy) Radio 5 Live (24 hour news. the Service was broadcasting in 33 languages and dialects (including English). BBC Radio Ulster. drama & children's programming) and BBC Asian Network (British South Asian talk. with local TV news coverage from BBC Channel Islands. since strictly the Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom so the funding for the Guernsey and Jersey broadcasts comes largely from locally collected licence fees. a station which had evolved from BBC Local Radio origins in the 1970s and still is broadcast on Medium Wave frequencies in some parts of England.[51] . the BBC produces the BBC World Service funded by the Foreign Office. the BBC began experimenting with live streaming of certain channels in the UK. music and news in English and in many South Asian languages). 1Xtra (for black. all standard BBC television channels were made available to watch online. For a worldwide audience. urban and gospel music). and BBC Radio Foyle. 6 Music (less mainstream genres of music).

e-mail alerts. as well as BBC Red Button. and digital TV alerts are also available. New BBC News services that are also proving popular are mobile services to mobile phones and PDAs. BBC Radio 1 is carried in the United States and Canada on XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio.In 2005. then under the name Radio York. the BBC has also provided radio programming to the British Forces Broadcasting Service. Ceefax and BBC News Online. the BBC announced that it would substantially reduce its radio broadcasting in Thai language (closed in 2006)[52] and Eastern European languages and divert resources instead to a new Arabic language satellite TV broadcasting station (including radio and online content) in the Middle East to be launched in 2007. The BBC is a patron of The Radio Academy. However. BBC Parliament and BBC World News. are available over the Internet in the RealAudio streaming format.[53] Since 1943. Desktop news alerts.[54] Historically. the BBC began trials offering a limited number of radio programmes as podcasts. . which broadcasts in countries where British troops are stationed. In April 2005. as well as the BBC World Service. All of the national. was launched as the first (and now oldest) legal independent radio station in the country. the BBC was the only (legal) radio broadcaster based in the UK mainland until 1967. and regional BBC radio stations.[55] [edit] News Main article: BBC News BBC News is the largest broadcast news gathering operation in the world.[56][not in citation given] providing services to BBC domestic radio as well as television networks such as the BBC News. the BBC did not enjoy a complete monopoly before this as several Continental stations (such as Radio Luxembourg) broadcast programmes in English to Britain since the 1930s and the Isle of Man based Manx Radio began in 1964. when University Radio York (URY). local.

West London. The two nicknames have also been used together as "Auntie Beeb". shortened and popularised by Kenny Everett. serving some 5. Weekly reach of the BBC's domestic television services[57] the BBC Online website recorded an all time bandwidth peak of 11 Gb/s at 12:00 on 7 July. when he referred to the "Beeb Beeb Ceeb". which used 7. At peak times during the day there were 40. was in charge. It was then borrowed. a nickname originally dubbed by Peter Sellers in The Goon Show in the 1950s.Ratings figures suggest that during major [57] crises such as the Weekly reach of all the BBC's services in the UK 7 July 2005 London bombings or a royal funeral. said to originate from the old-fashioned "Auntie knows best" attitude (but possibly a sly reference to the "aunties" and "uncles" who were presenters of children's programmes in early days)[61] in the days when John Reith.[63] .[58] On 7 July 2005.5 terabytes of data. text and HTML). event (including all images.2 Gbit/s. now less commonly used. the BBC's first director general.[60] Another nickname.[59] [edit] Attitudes toward the BBC in popular culture Older domestic UK audiences often refer to the BBC as "the Beeb".[62] and Auntie has been used in outtake programmes such as Auntie's Bloomers. the UK audience overwhelmingly turns to the BBC's coverage as opposed to its Weekly reach of the BBC's five national analogue radio stations[57] commercial rivals. The previous all time high at BBC Online was caused by the announcement of the Michael Jackson verdict. The previous day's announcement of the 2012 Olympics being awarded to London caused a peak of around 5 Gbit/s. the day that there were a series of coordinated bomb blasts on London's public transport system. is "Auntie". BBC News received some 1 billion total hits on the day of the BBC Television Centre at White City.000 page requests per second for the BBC News website.

[69] The website includes a page for every programme on television and radio. Initial content was made available in January 2006 however BBC Jam was suspended on 20 March 2007 due to allegations made to the European Commission that it was damaging the interests of the commercial sector of the industry.[70] As of February 2008 the BBC has also offered television programmes for download on Apple iTunes under the studio title "BBC Worldwide". on 28 February 2008. in July 2008 BBC Online was the 27th most popular English Language website in the then website receives too much funding from the television licence. BBC Jam was a free online service.[edit] Criticism and controversies Main articles: BBC controversies and Criticism of the BBC [edit] Other media venues [edit] Internet Main article: BBC Online The BBC's online presence includes a comprehensive news website and archive. since then video is now streamed directly.[64] The BBC claims the site to be "Europe's most popular content-based site"[65] and states that 13. The website uses GeoIP technology and carries advertisements when viewed outside of the UK. The site also allows users to listen to most Radio output live and for seven days after broadcast using the BBC iPlayer platform. or a reduction in the amount of content available on the site. This.2 million people in the UK visit the site's more than two million pages each day.[66] According to Alexa's TrafficRank[67] and the 46th most popular overall. through participation in the Creative Archive Licence group. before it was rebranded back as BBC bbc. and initially used peer-to-peer and DRM technology to deliver both radio and TV content of the last seven days for offline use for up to 30 days.[73] In response to this the BBC carried out an investigation. meaning that other websites are unable to compete with the vast amount of advertising-free online content available on bbc. was made permanent.[71] In recent years some major on-line companies and politicians have complained that the bbc.[68] A new version of the BBC homepage was launched in December should be reduced—either being replaced with funding from advertisements or subscriptions. delivered through broadband and narrowband connections. and it is common for viewers and listeners to be told website addresses for the website sections relating to that programme. with the new site enabling the user to customise the BBC's internet services to their own needs. It was launched as BBC allowed legal downloads of selected archive material via the internet. which launched on 27 July 2007. and . providing high-quality interactive resources designed to stimulate learning at home and at school. before being renamed BBCi.[72] Some have proposed that the amount of licence fee money spent on

) Part of this plan included the BBC closing some of its websites. Unlike Ceefax. BBC America. users will be guided to outside websites already providing that information. ceased broadcasts in April 2006 after its Japanese distributor folded. BBC World News and co-runs. and Virgin Media (cable).co. Recent examples include the interactive sports coverage for football and rugby football matches and the 2008 Olympic Games. Director General of the BBC. and video. the Middle East.[76] On 2 March 2010. and rediverting money to redevelop other parts. including a number of television stations throughout the world.has now set in motion a plan to change the way it provides its online services. (and radio stations on Freeview). proposed that the BBC's web output should be cut by 50%.TV (co-run with Foxtel and Fremantle Media) in Australasia. which are available through Freeview (digital terrestrial). The cable and satellite stations BBC Prime (in will now attempt to fill in gaps in the market. BBC Red Button is able to display full-colour graphics. A similar service. (For example. as does UK. with Virgin Media.[77] [78] January 2011: Online service will cut around 360 jobs and close hundreds of websites as part of 'a more streamlined' approach inline with cutting budget by 25 percent from Poundsterlling 137 million to 103 million by 2013/14. Test the Nation. amongst others. and Asia).[79] [edit] Interactive television Main article: BBC Red Button BBC Red Button is the brand name for the BBC's interactive digital television services. As well as the 24/7 service.O. G. BBC Soundbites which starred young actress Jennifer Lynn and an interactive national IQ test. BBC Japan. as well as programmes. All of the BBC's digital television stations.[74][75] On 26 February 2010 The Times claimed that Mark Thompson.D.[81] BBC Worldwide also runs a 24-hour news channel.[80] [edit] Commercial services BBC Worldwide Limited is the wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC responsible for the commercial exploitation of BBC programmes and other properties. BBC television news appears nightly on . the BBC reported that it will cut its website spending by 25% and close BBC 6 Music and Asian Network. BBC Canada (alongside BBC Kids). BBC Red Button provides viewers with over 100 interactive TV programmes every year. instead of providing local events information and timetables. and will guide users to other websites for currently existing market provision.L. and Dave. including news and weather. with online staff numbers and budgets reduced by 25% in a bid to scale back BBC operations and allow commercial rivals more room. as well as Freesat. the UKTV network of stations in the UK. Africa. In addition. bbc. Sky (satellite). photographs. broadcast popular BBC programmes to people outside the UK. allow access to the BBC Red Button service. producers of.

. BBC Worldwide owned the independent magazine publisher Origin Publishing. Many BBC programmes (especially documentaries) are sold via BBC Worldwide to foreign television stations. such as The Beatles (The Beatles Live at the BBC is one of their many albums). a Polish version of BBC Entertainment launched in Poland. and in New Zealand on TV One. talking books and material from radio broadcasts of music. most notably Doctor Who (including books and merchandise). [edit] Music The BBC runs orchestras and choirs. BBC Big Band. a show with which the broadcaster has been associated for over 50 years. Between 2004 and 2006. BBC History. as officially surveyed.[82] BBC Worldwide also maintains the publishing arm of the BBC and it is the thirdlargest publisher of consumer magazines in the United Kingdom.[83] BBC Magazines. and it is the oldest surviving entity of its kind. initially as BBC Radio Classics and then BBC Legends. documentaries and historical drama productions are popular on the international DVD market. is available to more than 274 million households. as do reruns of BBC programmes such as EastEnders. including the BBC Concert Orchestra. BBC Sky at Night. In December 2007. though also possibly far more individual persons and groups than surveys can gather. the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. BBC World News. BBC Knowledge and BBC Entertainment. BBC Worldwide also produces several branded channels available on satellite in Asia and India. BBC Records produced soundtrack albums. Also many famous bands have played at the BBC. BBC Worldwide also own the biggest travel guidebook and digital media publisher in the world. and archive classical music recordings. formerly known as BBC Publications. BBC Good Food. publishes the Radio Times (and published the now-defunct The Listener) as well as a number of magazines that support BBC programming such as BBC Top Gear. the BBC Television Orchestra (1936– 1939).[84] BBC Worldwide also licences and directly sells DVD and audio recordings of popular programmes to the public. The BBC's reach is significantly more than CNN's estimated 200 million. The BBC is also responsible for the United Kingdom coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest. including BBC Lifestyle.many Public Broadcasting Service stations in the United States. and comedy. the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. BBC Wildlife and BBC Music. has bases or correspondents in more than 200 countries and. the BBC Philharmonic. its journalism arm. The BBC has traditionally played a major role in producing book and music tie-ins with its broadcast material. the BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Chorus. Lonely Planet. the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

an important factor during the Second World War". the press and the internet worldwide. and is paid for by staff members and not by the BBC.[citation needed] The term BBC English (Received Pronunciation) refers to the former use of Standard English with this accent. the organisation now makes more use of regional accents in order to reflect the diversity of the UK. the BBC World Service and BBC World have meant that BBC productions have also been experienced worldwide. Monty Python's Flying Circus. television.[90] . though clarity and fluency are still expected of presenters.[85] The BBC introduced the world's first "highdefinition" 405-line television service in 1936. the arrival of BBC2 allowed the BBC also to make programmes for minority interests in drama. entertainment and sport. and now attempts to accommodate the interests of all strata of society and all minorities. Examples are cited such as I. radio was the broadcast medium upon which people in the United Kingdom relied. Civilisation. [edit] Cultural significance Until the development. was the only television broadcaster in the UK until 1955. "throughout the 1950s radio still remained the dominant source of broadcast comedy". the BBC developed several PCs. Nevertheless. along with journalistic staff by the NUJ and electrical staff by Amicus.[edit] Miscellaneous The BBC and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office jointly run BBC Monitoring. the BBC has also become more inclusive. someone notorious for spreading news. Union membership is optional. which monitors radio. "The BBC's monopoly was broken in 1955. the BBC has remained one of the main elements in British popular culture through its obligation to produce TV and radio programmes for mass audiences. staff are not automatically covered by a union. and simultaneously united the nation.[86] Further. with the introduction of Independent Television (ITV)". and apart from suspending service throughout World War II until 1946. It "reached into every home in the land. and domination of television. because they all pay the licence fee. Tonight. Claudius. the BBC was the only legal radio broadcaster until 1968 (when URY obtained their first licence). but other examples can be given in each of these fields as shown by the BBC's entries in the British Film Institute's 2000 list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes. popularisation. gossips and personal secrets is often called 'BBC'. However. current affairs. most notably the BBC Micro. In the 1980s. documentaries.[citation needed] However.[87] Even after the advent of commercial television and radio.[88] The export of BBC programmes.[89] From its 'starchy' beginnings. Doctor Who and Pot Black. The influence of BBC as a broadcaster of world news is such that in India. [edit] Unions Staff at the BBC are normally represented by BECTU.[86] This heralded the transformation of television into a popular and dominant medium.

but such public broadcasting remains a major influence on British popular culture.Competition from Independent Television. Channel 4. Sky and other broadcast television stations. has lessened the BBC's influence.[91] .

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