Who is the owner of BBC? Know the reality of the allegations of favoritism and the source of income – न्यूज़लीड India

Who is the owner of BBC? Know the reality of the allegations of favoritism and the source of income

Who is the owner of BBC?  Know the reality of the allegations of favoritism and the source of income


When and how was BBC formed?

BBC was established on October 18, 1922. Then it was a private company and the name was British Broadcasting Company. Its shares could be kept only by British manufacturers. Initially the company was not able to make a place in the broadcasting industry. However, its fortunes changed in the general strike of 1926. The kind of coverage it gave at that time, it was accepted by the people there. In the same year, a committee of the British Parliament suggested that this private company should be made government and brought under the ‘Crown’. Thus the British Broadcasting Company became the British Broadcasting Corporation. Meaning now this organization became answerable to the British Parliament, but allegedly remained independent of its activities.

Who owns the BBC?

Who owns the BBC?

Since then, the BBC operates under the Royal Charter of the United Kingdom, granted by the British monarch. Under this, it is mandatory for the BBC to work with a license from the Home Secretary of the country. According to the Royal Charter, the BBC has to renew its license every 10 years. The validity of the existing license is till December 31, 2027. The purpose of the BBC, under the Charter, is ‘to provide accurate and unbiased news, current affairs and factual programming, duly carried out for public understanding of all parts of the United Kingdom and the wider world’. Has been reported. Until recently the company was controlled by the BBC Trust and the government regulatory body Ofcam. However, in 2016 the trust was disbanded after an independent review deemed it ‘flawed’. After this, a BBC board was definitely formed to say, but its control was completely handed over to the government Ofcam. The responsibility of the board was limited to day-to-day work.

What is the source of income of BBC?

What is the source of income of BBC?

Much of the BBC’s funding comes from an annual television fee, which is collected from British institutions for live television broadcasts. Apart from this, it also earns from BBC Studios and BBC Studioworks. In 2022, when the UK government announced to freeze its annual fees for the next two years, difficulties arose in front of it. Not only this, the government also said that by 2027 it will completely abolish the system of fees. According to a report published in the Guardian, ‘Although the BBC will continue to receive £3.2 billion in license fee, the cost of making programs is increasing due to inflation and competition from Netflix. Because of this, the corporation will have to cut costs by millions of pounds to keep its accounts straight.

The relationship between the BBC and the British government

The relationship between the BBC and the British government

By the way, BBC has been given complete freedom in its work activities and there is no interference of Parliament in it. But, many times MPs have been seen getting entangled with this, especially with the MP of the Conservative Party. For decades, it has been accused by the Right of being ‘liberal’ and of being ‘biased’ towards the Left. When Margaret Thatcher was prime minister she was publicly accused by members of her party of being ‘biased against her’. It also came under fire in 2016 over ‘anti-Brexit’ coverage.

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BBC and favoritism

BBC and favoritism

When Tim Tavey became Director General of the BBC in 2020, he told ‘prejudiced’ staff to either change or leave. In a statement to BBC staff, he said: “If you want to be an opinion columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media, it’s a good choice, but then you shouldn’t be working for the BBC.” Two years later, BBC chairman Richard Sharp also admitted that ‘the BBC has a liberal bias’. It is not that only the right wing have leveled such allegations against the BBC. It was also accused by supporters of former Labor Party chief Jeremy Corbyn of favoring Boris Johnson during the 2019 general election.

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