BBC News

BBC News is an operational business division[1] of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) responsible for the gathering and broadcasting of news and current affairs. The department is the world's largest broadcast news organisation and generates about 120 hours of radio and television output each day, as well as online news coverage.[2][3] The service maintains 50 foreign news bureaus with more than 250 correspondents around the world.[4] Fran Unsworth has been director of news and current affairs since January 2018.[5][6]

BBC News
TypeBBC department
IndustryBroadcast media
Founded14 November 1922; 99 years ago (1922-11-14)
HeadquartersBBC Television Centre (1969–2013)
Broadcasting House (2012–present), ,
Area served
Specific services for United Kingdom and rest of world
Key people
Fran Unsworth (Director of News & Current Affairs)
Mary Hockaday (Head of Newsroom)
ServicesRadio, internet, and television broadcasts
Number of employees
3,500 (2,000 journalists)

The department's annual budget is in excess of £350 million; it has 3,500 staff, 2,000 of whom are journalists.[2] BBC News' domestic, global and online news divisions are housed within the largest live newsroom in Europe, in Broadcasting House in central London. Parliamentary coverage is produced and broadcast from studios in London. Through BBC English Regions, the BBC also has regional centres across England and national news centres in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. All nations and English regions produce their own local news programmes and other current affairs and sport programmes.

In 2017, BBC India was banned for a period of 5 years from covering all national parks and sanctuaries in India.[7] Following the withdrawal of CGTN’s UK broadcaster licence on 4 February 2021 by Ofcom,[8] China banned BBC News from airing in China.[9]

The BBC is a quasi-autonomous corporation authorised by royal charter, making it operationally independent of the government.

In 2 December 2021, the BBC released its annual report showing the number of listeners, viewers and users, according to which India has the largest number of people using BBC services in the world.[10]

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