British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Broadcast radio, television and online
by John Reith
"Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation"
Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman, BBC Trust
Mark Thompson, Director-General
(Chairman of the Executive Board).
British Broadcasting Company Ltd.
The British Broadcasting Corporation, almost always re-
ferred to by its abbreviation "the BBC", is the world’s
largest broadcaster. Unlike other broadcasters in the
UK, it is a public service based, quasi-autonomous, stat-
utory corporation run by the BBC Trust. In common
with the public broadcasting organisations of many oth-
er European countries, it is funded yearly by a television
licence fee charged to all UK households which own a
television capable of receiving broadcasts, rather than
being underwritten directly by the Government of the
BBC World, its journalism arm, has bases or corres-
pondents in more than 200 countries and, as officially
surveyed, is available to more than 274 million house-
holds, though also possibly far more individual persons
and groups than surveys can gather, and it is the oldest
surviving entity of its kind. The BBC’s reach is signific-
antly more than CNN’s estimated 200 million.
See also: British Broadcasting Company
The original British Broadcasting Company was founded
in 1922 by a group of six telecommunications compan-
The BBC coat of arms
Metropolitan-Vickers, General Electric, Western Electric,
and British Thomson-Houston—to broadcast experi-
mental radio services. The first transmission was on 14
November of that year, from station 2LO, located at Mar-
coni House, London.
The Company, with John Reith as general manager,
became the British Broadcasting Corporation in 1927
when it was granted a Royal Charter