11 Facts About BBC Parliament

1. The BBC Parliament 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 Parliament 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 Parliament channels are available to watch online through the BBC iPlayer service.

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4. The BBC Parliament 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 Parliament 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 Parliament released minutes of the board meeting which led to Greg Dyke's resignation.

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

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8. Thus the BBC Parliament 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 Parliament 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. The BBC Parliament had done the same during the 2008 Summer Olympics as it used the space to provide an additional BBC Red Button option for Freeview users.

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11. In July 2018, the BBC Parliament announced that the output on the channel was to be cut back, discontinuing all programming produced for the channel other than parliamentary coverage, and closing the channel entirely during summer months when Parliament and the devolved Assemblies are not sitting.

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