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

Illustration: Emilio Rivera

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

Friday, 31 August, 2012, 7:43pm

BBC radio DJ Dave Lee Travis gets suspended jail term for sex assault

Dave Lee Travis was a leading BBC radio DJ in the 1970s and 1980s.

Dave Lee Travis was the latest ageing British celebrity to be convicted of sex crimes in the wake of revelations that the late Jimmy Savile, one of the BBC's top TV presenters.

27 Sep 2014 - 5:34am

Rona Fairhead set to be first woman boss of BBC Trust

Rona Fairhead will replace Chris Patten, who quit as chairman of the BBC Trust in May after major heart surgery.

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

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to officially open the headquarters of the British Broadcasting Corporation's new Broadcasting House in central London. Photo: AP

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

Matt Smith will bow out in the Doctor Who Christmas special

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

The local Vietnamese satellite television broacaster K + has stopped airing foreign channels including CNN, BBC and Star World to comply with a new media law. Photo: AFP

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

Rufus Lekala is labelled "Gay Marriage" in a BBC 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

Former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten. Photo: AP

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 began a 24-hour strike at midnight. Photo: EPA

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

Entertainer Jimmy Savile "groomed a nation". Photo: AP

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

A family in Amman, Jordan, braves the storm. Photo: Xinhua

Firefighters face fresh heatwave in Australia

11 Jan 2013 - 6:42am

Report slams BBC's handling of Jimmy Savile child sex allegations

The disgraced Jimmy Savile. Photo: EPA

An official report has strongly criticised the BBC's handling of allegations of child sex abuse against late presenter Jimmy Savile but cleared the corporation of a cover-up.

The report sparked the resignation of the BBC's deputy director of news, Stephen Mitchell, and led to the editor and deputy editor of the programme at the centre of the scandal being replaced.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:16am

Entwistle entitled to big pay-off, says BBC chairman

BBC acting director general Tim Davie and BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten appear before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Photo: Reuters

BBC Trust chairman Chris Patten denied that he should have been more involved in controversial Newsnight programmes and defended the amount of time he spends working at the broadcaster in a clash with lawmakers yesterday.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:38am

Scandal-hit BBC appoints Tony Hall new director general

Tony Hall is an insider from outside. Photo: Reuters

The BBC appointed a former journalist who runs the Royal Opera House to lead the broadcaster yesterday after sex abuse scandals that shook public trust in one of Britain's most treasured institutions.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

BBC pays HK$2.23m to Alistair McAlpine over defamation

The BBC will pay a former British politician £185,000 (HK$2.23 million) in damages over a news report that led to him being falsely accused of child sex abuse.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:32am