British Broadcasting Corporation News (BBC NEWS)
Source description last updated: 12 September 2018

In brief: BBC News, a department of the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC), headquartered in London, is a public service broadcaster, gathering and broadcasting news and current affairs.

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BBC’s mission is “to enrich people's lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain.” (BBC News website: Inside The BBC: Mission and values, undated)

“BBC Global News’ mission is to be the best and most trusted international news provider in the world, whilst  growing the BBC’s international news audiences and operating as a commercially efficient business.” (BBC News-Website: BBC Full Financial Statements 2017/18, p.72, 2018, accessed on 12 September 2018)

BBC’s vision is “to be the most creative organisation in the world.” (BBC News website: Inside The BBC: Mission and values, undated)

BBC’S values are: “Trust is the foundation of the BBC: we are independent, impartial and honest. Audiences are at the heart of everything we do. We take pride in delivering quality and value for money. Creativity is the lifeblood of our organisation. We respect each other and celebrate our diversity so that everyone can give their best. We are one BBC: great things happen when we work together.” (BBC News website: Inside The BBC: Mission and values, undated)

“The BBC's six public purposes are set out by the Royal Charter and Agreement, the constitutional basis for the BBC as presented to Parliament.” (BBC News website: Inside The BBC: Public Purposes, undated)

BBC’s six public purposes are sustaining citizenship and civil society, promoting education and learning, stimulating creativity and cultural excellence, representing the UK, its nations, regions and communities, bringing the UK to the world and the world to the UK, delivering to the public the benefit of emerging communications technologies and services. (BBC News website: Inside The BBC: Public Purposes, undated)

Licence fees: £3,830 million in 2018 (BBC: BBC Full Financial Statements 2015/16, p.69, 2018, accessed on 12 September 2018)

“We also have commercial operations including BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, our TV production subsidiary. Profits from these activities are returned to the BBC for investment in new programming and services.” (BBC News website: At A Glance, undated, accessed on 12 September 2018)

Commercial income: £1,233 million in 2018 (BBC: BBC Full Financial Statements 2017/18, p.69, 2018, accessed on 12 September 2018)

Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Worldwide
Thematic focus: International news, entertainment, sport, science, and political news, (also information on: capital, culture, cars, food, arts, nature, local news)

“Each page is published by the teams of online journalists based in the main newsroom in BBC TV Centre at White City, west London, at BBC World Service at Bush House in central London, in national and regional newsrooms across England, in Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff and in an increasing number of the BBC's many international bureaux worldwide.
Much of the material is written by these journalists and the rest comes from writers in the BBC's specialist units, covering everything from business and social affairs to foreign news. Many of the BBC's correspondents operating worldwide also contribute as well as those at BBC Monitoring. Non-BBC journalists are frequently commissioned to contribute.” (BBC News website: News sources, undated)

“Where appropriate to the output, we should: gather material using first hand sources wherever possible; check and cross check facts; validate the authenticity of documentary evidence and digital material; corroborate claims and allegations made by contributors wherever possible.” (BBC News website: Editorial Guidelines, undated)

Language(s) of publications:
BBC News is available in English, Russian, Spanish, Persian, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Ukrainian, Azeri, French, Japanese, Nepali, Swahili, Urdu, Bangla, Hausa, Kinyarwanda, Pashto, Sinhala, Tamil, Uzbek, Burmese, Hindi, Kirundi, Somali, Turkish, Vietnamese

Further reading / links:
BBC News Editorial Guidelines:

BBC Academy: BBC News style guide:

All links accessed 16 January 2017, unless indicated otherwise.
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