The British Broadcasting Corporation

The British Broadcasting Corporation is a significant public service broadcaster with its headquarters based in London. The organisation was first established in 1922 to provide information, education and entertainment to the British public. Since then, it has expanded into one of the world’s largest media organisations and currently employs a total of 35000 staff across the globe. The BBC has become recognised for its outstanding contribution to the news industry, consistently providing an impartial and fair analysis of events around the world.

As well as its UK operations, which include BBC One and Two, and several other stations, the BBC also has a world service which first launched back in 1932. It provides news and analysis in 28 different languages including Persian, Chinese, Arabic.

The principal reason for its ability to provide excellent news is its status as a public service broadcaster, which means, it is funded by the taxpayer. This model is used to keep the organisational decisions and practices as impartial as possible. Around three-quarters of the total budget comes from the licence model, with a further quarter coming from the commercial arm of the company which is known as BBC Worldwide.

The BBC is not just a news organisation operating across several platforms, including television and radio, but it is also an educational institution. It provides specialist news for children, as well as pages of educational information on history, science, politics and culture. However, the organisation is not without criticism and has faced scrutiny over many events and stories, including the Iraq war, and its representation of ethnic minorities within its staff. The BBC was also accused of a cover-up when it came out that one of its former employees had been a prolific sex abuser while working for many decades for the organisation. Despite this, it comes out on top of an analysis of media organisations which provide fair and impartial news.