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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was formed in 1927 by means of a royal charter. (For the history of the BBC before 1927 see British Broadcasting Company, and for a complete list of articles see BBC (index).) Today the BBC is the national publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. It produces programmes and broadcasts on television, radio and the Internet.

Its main domestic services on television include BBC ONE, BBC TWO, BBC THREE, BBC FOUR, the news channel BBC News 24 and the children's channels CBBC and CBeebies. BBC ONE and BBC TWO are available via conventional analogue transmission - the remainder can be viewed only by those with digital reception equipment. The BBC also operates the UK's only dedicated politics channel covering events in the British Houses of Parliament. The channel is known as BBC Parliament.

National radio services include Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Radio 4, and BBC Radio Five Live. Digital radio services include 1Xtra, BBC 6 Music, BBC 7, Five Live Sports Extra, and the BBC Asian Network.

There is also a huge catalogue of BBC Local Radio stations (such as BBC Hereford and Worcester), Open Centres, BBC Buses and BBC Big Screens.

In addition the BBC operates the BBC World Service on radio, funded by and operated in cooperation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Its international television services are funded commercially and include the international news channel BBC World, as well as entertainment channels BBC Prime, BBC America, BBC Canada, BBC Food, BBC Japan and BBC Kids.

The BBC is an autonomous corporation run by a board of governors appointed by the incumbent government for a term of four years (formerly five years). This is soon to be changed to a BBC Trust run by Trustees.

Management of the organisation is in the hands of a Director-General appointed by the governors. Its domestic programming and broadcasts are funded by levying television licence fees upon the owners of television sets.

The British Broadcasting Company was founded in 1922 by various private firms, to broadcast experimental radio services. The first transmission was on 14 November.

The BBC took on its current form in 1927 when it was granted a Royal Charter of incorporation. It started experimental television broadcasting in 1932, becoming a regular service (known as the BBC Television Service) in 1936. Television broadcasting was suspended during the Second World War.

Competition to the BBC was introduced for the first time in 1955 with the commercially and independently-operated ITV. The BBC introduced a second TV channel, (BBC 2), in 1964, renaming the existing channel BBC 1. BBC 2 was broadcast in colour from 1967, and was joined by BBC 1 in 1969.

Since the deregulation of the UK television and radio market in the 1980s, the BBC has faced increased competition from the commercial sector (and from the advertiser-funded public service broadcaster Channel 4), especially on satellite television, cable television and digital television services.

BBC Services

Among its many services are domestic radio (see BBC Radio) and television (see BBC Television) stations. The BBC also jointly operates a number of other broadcasting services, namely the UKTV channels, some of the Discovery channels, and several other services available on satellite & cable services in the UK.

It also has many non-broadcasting commercial ventures within the United Kingdom including book & magazine publishing (BBC Books), and multimedia production services (DVDs, CDs, computer games) provided by BBC Multimedia.

The BBC has both satellite and cable broadcasting joint-ventures serving the United States, Canada and other countries. In addition the BBC operates a number of radio and television world services in cooperation with funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, one of which includes a recently set up TV news station in the Middle East in the Arabic language.

Before the introduction of Independent Television in 1955 and subsequently Independent Radio in 1973, it held a monopoly on broadcasting. More recent de-regulation of the British television broadcasting market produced analogue cable television and satellite broadcasting and later digital satellite, digital cable and digital terrestrial television (DTT). Today the BBC broadcasts in almost all media and operates an award-winning internet service, bbc.co.uk, itself indicative of the corporation's continued ability to move with the times.
 
 

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