13 Facts About BBC Online

1. The BBC Online developed several computers throughout the 1980s, most notably the BBC Micro, which ran alongside the corporation's educational aims and programming.

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2. Historically, the BBC Online was the only legal radio broadcaster based in the UK mainland until 1967, when University Radio York, then under the name Radio York, was launched as the first, and now oldest, legal independent radio station in the country.

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3. Since 2008, all the BBC Online channels are available to watch online through the BBC iPlayer service.

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4. The BBC Online carries out surveillance on properties (under the auspices of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) and may conduct searches of a property using a search warrant.

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5. In October 1985, the BBC Online announced that it would stop the vetting process, except for a few people in top roles, as well as those in charge of Wartime Broadcasting Service emergency broadcasting and staff in the BBC World Service.

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6. In January 2007, the BBC Online released minutes of the board meeting which led to Greg Dyke's resignation.

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7. The BBC Online moved much of its radio operations out of London, initially to Bristol, and then to Bedford.

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8. Thus the BBC Online was granted sufficient leeway to pursue the Government's objectives largely in a manner of its own choosing.

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9. The BBC Online was banned from presenting news bulletins before 19.00 and was required to source all news from external wire services.

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10. In November 2004, the Governors of the BBC Online announced a newer, much more tightly drawn remit for bbc.

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11. In November 2011, the BBC Online launched the Connected Studio initiative which resulted in the running of workshops for independent web designers to work with the BBC in conceiving new designs and ways for current BBC services to be improved.

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12. In February 2001, BBC Online incorporated Douglas Adams' previously independent h2g2 project into its group of web sites, and eventually replaced all its existing message boards, which used an archaic system called Howerd, with the DNA software derived from that project.

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13. In 2006, the BBC Online began making controversial plans to raise revenue by including advertising on the international version of BBC News Online accessed from outside the United Kingdom.

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