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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London. It is the world's oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, employing over 22,000 staff in total, of whom more than 16,000 are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of BBC staff amounts to 35,402 including part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff.
The BBC is established under a Royal Charter and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts and iPlayer catch-up. The fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament, and used to fund the BBC's radio, TV, and online services covering the nations and regions of the UK. Since 1 April 2014, it has also funded the BBC World Service (launched in 1932 as the BBC Empire Service), which broadcasts in 28 languages and provides comprehensive TV, radio, and online services in Arabic and Persian.
Around a quarter of BBC's revenue comes from its commercial subsidiary BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide), which sells BBC programmes and services internationally and also distributes the BBC's international 24-hour English-language news services BBC World News, and from BBC.com, provided by BBC Global News Ltd. In 2009, the company was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of its international achievements.
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Yes Minister is a political satire British sitcom written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn. Split over three seven-episode series, it was first transmitted on BBC2 from 1980 to 1984. A sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, ran for 16 episodes from 1986 to 1988. All but one of the episodes lasted half an hour, and almost all ended with a variation of the title of the series spoken as the answer to a question posed by Minister (later, Prime Minister) Jim Hacker. Several episodes were adapted for BBC Radio; the series also spawned a 2010 stage play that led to a new television series on Gold in 2013.
Set principally in the private office of a British Cabinet
minister in the fictional Department of Administrative Affairs in Whitehall
, Yes Minister
follows the ministerial
career of Jim Hacker
, played by Paul Eddington
. His various struggles to formulate and enact policy or affect departmental changes are opposed by the British Civil Service
, in particular his Permanent Secretary
, Sir Humphrey Appleby
, played by Sir Nigel Hawthorne
. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley
, played by Derek Fowlds
, is usually caught between the two. The sequel, Yes, Prime Minister
, continued with the same cast and followed Jim Hacker after his unexpected elevation to Number 10
upon the resignation of the previous Prime Minister. Read more...
A publicity still showing the characters Big (right) and Small from the CBBC preschool comedy Big & Small. Both characters are represented by puppets, and are voiced by Lenny Henry.
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Highlights from Wikipedia's Did you know...
- ... that the episodes of the BBC 7 sitcom Knocker have titles such as "Privinvasionacy", "Obselejectivitysence" and "Confidentialitydence"?
- ... that BBC traffic reporter Sally Traffic has also narrated poetry albums for the blind?
- "I got the first page with about three minutes to go. Then, the red light came on and it was up to me. It was an intensely dramatic script and most of the pages were fed to me at the microphone, so I had to get it right first time. God knows I put my heart into it." — Newsreader Robert Dougall, recalling his message as the 'anonymous Englishman', calling for Germany to withdraw its forces.
- "Now, if you'll pardon me, I've a little bit of news of my own. If the mail is anything to go by, most of the listening population have spotted a report that next year I'm going to turn into Chris Evans.
- And I hate to tell you, but it's true." - Sir Terry Wogan announcing he is to step down as presenter of the breakfast show on Radio 2.
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Kanak Asha Huq
(; born 17 July 1975) is an English television and radio presenter, screenwriter and children's author. She became the longest-serving female presenter of the popular UK children's television programme Blue Peter
, having presented it from 1 December 1997 until 23 January 2008. She has been a presenter and guest of other shows including the 2010 series of The Xtra Factor
on ITV2 and has also made cameo appearances and been a guest in other productions. She co-wrote the Black Mirror
episode "Fifteen Million Merits
" with her husband, Charlie Brooker
. Her children's book Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World
was published in 2019. Read more...
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Masthead from the edition of 25 December 1931 of the Radio Times, including the BBC motto "Nation shall speak peace unto Nation"
Weekly reach of the BBC's domestic television channels 2011–12
BBC's first three-box logo used from 1958 until 1963.
BBC News helicopter in use over London
2012–2013 BBC Radio expenditures of each service it is required to provide
The combined newsroom for domestic television and radio was opened at Television Centre in West London in 1998.
BBC's third three-box logo used from 1971 until 1988.
BBC's fifth and current three-box logo used since 1997.
The new newsroom in Broadcasting House, central London, officially opened by the Queen in 2013
The new newsroom in Broadcasting House
BBC's fourth three-box logo used from 1988 until 1997.
Weekly reach of the BBC's national radio stations, both on analogue and digital.
Statue of George Orwell outside Broadcasting House, headquarters of the BBC. A defence of free speech in an open society, the wall behind the statue is inscribed with the words "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear", words from George Orwell's proposed preface to Animal Farm.
Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman being interviewed on BBC Radio in October 1954
Weekly reach of the BBC's domestic services from 2011 to 2012 Reach is the number of people who use the service at any point for more than 15 minutes in a week.
BBC UK viewing figures 1981–2008: BBC 1 in red, BBC 2 in blue
Angela Rippon, pictured in 1983, became the first female news presenter in 1975.
BBC's second three-box logo used from 1963 until 1971.
BBC World Service, with Jonathan Dimbleby broadcasting from Budapest
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The BBC's radio studio in Birmingham, from the BBC Hand Book 1928, which described it as "Europe's largest studio".
BBC UK viewing share, 2002–2008: BBC 3, pink; BBC 4, dark cyan; BBC News, red; CBBC, purple; CBeebies, light cyan
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