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About the BBC

The BBC is the world’s leading public service broadcaster

We’re impartial and independent, and every day we create distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world.

We do this across:

  • A portfolio of television services, including the UK’s most-watched channel BBC One, the pioneering online-only youth service BBC Three, and our multi award-winning channels for children, as well as national and regional television programmes and services across England. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Ten UK-wide radio networks, providing the best live music broadcasting in the UK, as well as speech radio which informs, educates and entertains. We also have two national radio services each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and 39 local radio stations across England and the Channel Islands, providing an invaluable and unique service to listeners across the UK
  • Our digital services including BBC News, Sport, Weather CBBC and CBeebies, iPlayer and BBC Sounds, BBC Red Button and our vast archive
  • BBC World Service television, radio and online on more than 40 languages

Established by a Royal Charter, the BBC is principally funded through the licence fee paid by UK households. Our role is to fulfil our mission and promote our Public Purposes.

Our commercial operations including BBC Studios, the BBC’s award-winning production company and world-class distributor, provide additional revenue for investment in new programming and services for UK audiences.

The BBC’s Board ensures that we deliver our mission and public purposes which are set out in the Charter. The Executive Committee is responsible for day-to-day management. We are regulated by Ofcom.

What we do

  • UK public services

    We provide a wide range of programmes, content and services on television, radio and online for audiences across the UK

    Corporate information
  • Global news services

    BBC World Service television, radio and online is available in more than 40 languages

    Corporate information
  • Commercial services

    Our commercial operations generate income to invest in new programmes and content

    Corporate information

Who we are

  • BBC Board

    The Board ensures that the BBC delivers its mission and public purposes

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  • Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day management of the BBC

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  • Commercial Holdings Board

    The Commercial Holdings Board is responsible for the governance, assurance and oversight of the BBC’s commercial subsidiaries

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  • Senior staff

    Find out more about the BBC’s senior leaders including their roles and pay

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Governance and regulation

  • Charter and Agreement

    The Royal Charter is the constitutional basis for the BBC

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  • Mission, values and public purposes

    Our mission and public purposes are the foundation for everything that we do

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  • Licence fee and funding

    Find out how we are funded - and how that money is spent

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  • Regulation

    We are regulated by Ofcom. It issues an operational framework and sets a licence which contains the regulatory conditions we are required to meet.

    Corporate information
  • Audit arrangements

    The Comptroller and Auditor General, supported by the National Audit Office, is our external auditor

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  • BBC/S4C strategic agreement

    How we will work with S4C to deliver services for the benefit of Welsh-speaking audiences

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  • Complaints

    How to complain to the BBC and how we handle complaints

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Reports and policies

  • Annual report and accounts

    Our assessment of the BBC’s performance over the last 12 months

    Annual report
  • Annual plan

    Our strategic plans for the year ahead

    Corporate information
  • Policies and guidelines

    Our policies and guidelines are important in ensuring we deliver our mission and public purposes

    Corporate information
  • Reports

    Our most recent publications

    Reports
  • Consultations

    How you can give your views about our services and future strategy

    Consultation

Across the UK

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