The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the
national broadcaster of the
United Kingdom. Headquartered at
Broadcasting House in
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 19,000 are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of BBC staff amounts to 35,402 including part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff.
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. (Full article...)
"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
Image 17BBC's third three-box logo used from 1971 until 1988. (from BBC)
Image 18Masthead from the edition of 25 December 1931 of the Radio Times, including the BBC motto "Nation shall speak peace unto Nation" (from BBC)
Image 19Statue 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. (from BBC)
Image 20The combined newsroom for domestic television and radio was opened at Television Centre in West London in 1998. (from BBC News)