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BBC News, formerly BBC News and Current Affairs, is
the department within the British Broadcasting Corpor-
ation responsible for the corporation’s news-gathering
and production of news programmes on BBC television,
radio and online.
Producing 120 hours of output daily, it is the
largest broadcasting news gatherer in the world. It
maintains its key objective of the BBC’s Royal Charter to
"collect news and information in any part of the world and in
any manner that may be thought fit".
Political coverage is based at the Millbank Studios in
4 Millbank in Westminster. With an annual budget of
£350 million, BBC News consists of 3,500 staff - 2,000 of
whom are journalists. The core BBC News department
is based at the News Centre within BBC Television
Centre in West London, W12, and is also represented by
regional centres across the United Kingdom. The ser-
vice’s global reach is the largest and deepest of any of its
kind in the world: there are correspondents in almost all
240 countries worldwide, with 44 news-gathering bur-
eaus based around the world. There are also three BBC
News bureaus based within the UK.
Unlike almost all other countries’ news organs, the
BBC is a quasi-autonomous organisation and does not
ally itself politically with the Government of the United
Kingdom, though it does pay occasional respects to its
Queen. It has however been accused of left-wing bias by
right-wingers and right-wing bias by left-wingers, and
has sometimes opposed UK Government policy, such as
its accusation in 2005 that the administration was "sex-
ing up" the war in Iraq.
Competition within the UK comes mainly from Ru-
pert Murdoch’s rolling news channel Sky News, but
there is also the independent ITN, a major independent
provider of news services to commercial networks.
Around the world the BBC complements other news pro-
viders’ services, as well as has its own.
Some countries have restricted or banned BBC
broadcasts and journalists’ movements for internal