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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a semi-autonomous public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom providing television and radio programmes. It is funded by an annual television licence fee charged to all British households, companies and organisations using the service. The fee is set annually by the British Government and agreed by Parliament. With more than 23,000 staff globally, it is the world's largest broadcaster. Founded in October 1922, it was initially privately owned but became a non-commercial entity in 1927. Its first transmission as the BBC went out in 1934, and an expanded service (now named the BBC Television Service) started from Alexandra Palace in 1936. It is governed by the BBC Trust and operates under a Royal Charter.

Lawrence of Asia

As the veteran Far East correspondent turns 100, Annemarie Evans looks back on a life less ordinary.

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 7:43pm

Rona Fairhead set to be first woman boss of BBC Trust

Former Financial Times Group chief Rona Fairhead is to become the first woman boss of the governing body of the BBC, which has been rocked by a string of paedophilia scandals, the government said yesterday.

1 Sep 2014 - 4:44am

Queen in show-stopping appearance on BBC

Queen Elizabeth made a show-stopping appearance live on the BBC news yesterday as she officially opened the corporation's new headquarters, pressing ahead with engagements as her husband, Prince Philip, awaited exploratory surgery.

8 Jun 2013 - 3:00am

BBC searches for new Doctor Who as Matt Smith announces he is quitting

Smith, who has played the eccentric, time-travelling Doctor since 2010, said he would bow out in a special Christmas episode of the 50-year-old show and a new star would take over at the helm of the Tardis.

3 Jun 2013 - 4:53am

Another Vietnamese cable TV provider drops CNN, BBC

Popular Vietnamese cable television provider VTV CAB has stopped providing foreign channels, including CNN and BBC, after a new media law that requires editing of programmes before broadcast came into effect on Wednesday last week.

20 May 2013 - 4:18am

BBC labels South African civil servant 'Gay Marriage' in interview

It was an innocuous interview about a diplomatic conference that not every viewer would have found fascinating. But when the BBC got South African civil servant Rufus Lekala's name wrong in an on-screen caption, it ended up causing a bigger stir than anticipated. Instead of "Rufus Lekala", the caption called him "Gay Marriage".

30 Mar 2013 - 3:28am

Jimmy Savile scandal left BBC frantic: Chris Patten

In 3,000 pages of e-mails and interviews published on Friday, the BBC's top officials have harsh words for the institutional culture of BBC, which has seen its reputation been tarnished by a paedophilia scandal.

23 Feb 2013 - 3:31am

BBC journalists go on strike over job cuts

BBC journalists on Monday began a 24-hour strike in protest at compulsory redundancies, causing possible disruption to the broadcaster’s television and radio output.

Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) walked out at midnight local time over job cuts which are expected to affect BBC Scotland, Five Live, the Asian Network and the World Service.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Jimmy Savile's youngest victim was 8-year-old boy, police report finds

Late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile was a predatory sex offender who abused children as young as eight over more than 50 years, using his fame and eccentricity to hide "in plain sight", British police said yesterday.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:57am

Briefs, January 11, 2013

Firefighters face fresh heatwave in Australia

11 Jan 2013 - 6:42am