16 Facts About BBC News

1. BBC News is an operational business division of the British Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs in the UK and around the world.

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2. BBC News is a quasi-autonomous corporation authorised by royal charter, making it operationally independent of the government.

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3. On 14 September 1970, the first Nine O'Clock BBC News was broadcast on television.

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4. The Six O'Clock BBC News became double headed with George Alagiah and Sophie Raworth after Huw Edwards and Fiona Bruce moved to present the Ten.

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5. The individual positions of editor of the One and Six O'Clock BBC News were replaced by a new daytime position in November 2005.

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6. BBC News became part of a new BBC Journalism group in November 2006 as part of a restructuring of the BBC.

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7. BBC News is responsible for the news programmes and documentary content on the BBC's general television channels, as well as the news coverage on the BBC News Channel in the UK, and 22 hours of programming for the corporation's international BBC World News channel.

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8. Coverage for BBC Parliament is carried out on behalf of the BBC at Millbank Studios, though BBC News provides editorial and journalistic content.

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9. BBC News is required by its charter to be free from both political and commercial influence and answers only to its viewers and listeners.

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10. BBC News said, "In the BBC I joined 30 years ago, there was, in much of current affairs, in terms of people's personal politics, which were quite vocal, a massive bias to the left".

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11. For instance, in 2018, the BBC News received complaints from people who took issue that the BBC News was not sufficiently covering anti-Brexit marches whilst giving smaller-scale events hosted by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage more airtime.

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12. BBC News faced an important test, reporting on itself with the publication of the report, but by common consent managed this "independently, impartially and honestly".

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13. BBC News faced criticism for not airing a Disasters Emergency Committee aid appeal for Palestinians who suffered in Gaza during 22-day war there between late 2008 and early 2009.

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14. The BBC News was banned in Zimbabwe under Mugabe for eight years as a terrorist organisation until being allowed to operate again over a year after the 2008 elections.

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15. BBC News was banned in Burma after their coverage and commentary on anti-government protests there in September 2007.

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16. In February 2017, reporters from the BBC News were denied access to a United States White House briefing.

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