22 Facts About The BBC

1. The BBC uses a total of 60 servers to encode its programmes for iPlayer.

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2. The BBC began its own regular television programming from the basement of Broadcasting House, London, on 22 August 1932.

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3. The BBC operates several television networks, television stations, and related programming services in the United Kingdom.

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

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5. 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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6. The BBC was banned in Burma after their coverage and commentary on anti-government protests there in September 2007.

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7. The BBC has faced accusations of holding both anti-Israel and anti-Palestine bias.

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8. The BBC 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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9. The BBC is a quasi-autonomous corporation authorised by Royal Charter, making it operationally independent of the government, who have no power to appoint or dismiss its director-general, and required to report impartially.

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10. The BBC has long faced accusations of liberal and left-wing bias.

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11. The BBC has faced various accusations regarding many topics: the Iraq war, politics, ethics and religion, as well as funding and staffing.

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

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13. 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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14. The BBC services in the dependencies are financed from television licence fees which are set at the same level as those payable in the UK, although collected locally.

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15. The BBC has ten radio stations serving the whole of the UK, a further six stations in the "national regions", and 40 other local stations serving defined areas of England.

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16. The BBC operates several news gathering centres in various locations around the world, which provide news coverage of that region to the national and international news operations.

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17. The BBC uses advertising campaigns to inform customers of the requirement to pay the licence fee.

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18. 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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19. The BBC pursues its licence fee collection and enforcement under the trading name "TV Licensing".

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

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

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22. The BBC is established under a Royal Charter and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

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