13 Facts About BBC

1. On 2 November, 1936, the BBC started the world's first television service based in Alexandra Palace, London.

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2. The BBC was left to carry on in its own way; as a result, it started to gain a reputation for impartial and independent reporting.

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3. The BBC has been successful with the overseas syndication of its television programming.

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4. The BBC established its second channel in 1964, and it introduced the first regular colour television service in Europe in 1967.

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5. The BBC introduced the world's first "high-definition" 405-line television service in 1936.

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6. The BBC is responsible for the United Kingdom coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest, a show with which the broadcaster has been associated for over 60 years.

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7. In response to this the BBC carried out an investigation, and has now set in motion a plan to change the way it provides its online services.

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8. Historically, the BBC 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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9. The BBC 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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10. Thus, the BBC is a major prosecuting authority in England and Wales and an investigating authority in the UK as a whole.

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

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12. In the late 1980s, the BBC began a process of divestment by spinning off and selling parts of its organisation.

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

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