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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster, headquartered at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London. It is the world's oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, employing over 22,000 staff in total, of whom more than 16,000 are in public sector broadcasting. The total number of BBC staff amounts to 35,402 including part-time, flexible, and fixed-contract staff.
The BBC is established under a Royal Charter and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts and iPlayer catch-up. The fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament, and used to fund the BBC's radio, TV, and online services covering the nations and regions of the UK. Since 1 April 2014, it has also funded the BBC World Service (launched in 1932 as the BBC Empire Service), which broadcasts in 28 languages and provides comprehensive TV, radio, and online services in Arabic and Persian.
Around a quarter of BBC's revenue comes from its commercial subsidiary BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide), which sells BBC programmes and services internationally and also distributes the BBC's international 24-hour English-language news services BBC World News, and from BBC.com, provided by BBC Global News Ltd. In 2009, the company was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of its international achievements.
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Monty Python’s Flying Circus (also known as simply Monty Python; sometimes abbreviated MPFC) is a British surreal sketch comedy series created by and starring the comedy group Monty Python, consisting of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, aka the "Pythons". The first episode was recorded at the BBC on 7 September and premiered on 5 October 1969 on BBC1, with 45 episodes airing over four series from 1969 to 1974, plus two episodes for German TV.
The series stands out for its use of absurd situations
, mixed with risqué and innuendo-laden humour, sight gags
and observational sketches without punchlines
. Live action segments were broken up with animations by Gilliam, often merging with the live action to form segues
. The overall format used for the series followed and elaborated upon the style used by Spike Milligan
in his ground breaking series Q5
, rather than the traditional sketch show format. The Pythons play the majority of the series characters themselves, along with supporting cast members including Carol Cleveland
(referred to by the team as the unofficial "Seventh Python"), Connie Booth
(Cleese's first wife), series producer Ian MacNaughton
, Ian Davidson
, musician Neil Innes
, and Fred Tomlinson
and the Fred Tomlinson Singers for musical numbers. Read more...
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- "I got the first page with about three minutes to go. Then, the red light came on and it was up to me. It was an intensely dramatic script and most of the pages were fed to me at the microphone, so I had to get it right first time. God knows I put my heart into it." — Newsreader Robert Dougall, recalling his message as the 'anonymous Englishman', calling for Germany to withdraw its forces.
- "Now, if you'll pardon me, I've a little bit of news of my own. If the mail is anything to go by, most of the listening population have spotted a report that next year I'm going to turn into Chris Evans.
- And I hate to tell you, but it's true." - Sir Terry Wogan announcing he is to step down as presenter of the breakfast show on Radio 2.
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Sydney Cecil Newman, OC (April 1, 1917 – October 30, 1997) was a Canadian film and television producer, who played a pioneering role in British television drama from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. After his return to Canada in 1970, Newman was appointed Acting Director of the Broadcast Programs Branch for the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) and then head of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). He also occupied senior positions at the Canadian Film Development Corporation and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and acted as an advisor to the Secretary of State.
During his time in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, he worked first with the Associated British Corporation
(ABC, now Thames Television), before moving across to the BBC
in 1962, holding the role of Head of Drama with both organisations. During this phase of his career, he was responsible for initiating two hugely popular television programmes, the spy-fi
series The Avengers
and the science-fiction series Doctor Who,
as well as overseeing the production of groundbreaking social realist
drama series such as Armchair Theatre
and The Wednesday Play. Read more...
The following are images from various BBC-related articles on Wikipedia.
Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman being interviewed on BBC Radio in October 1954
Statue of George Orwell outside Broadcasting House, headquarters of the BBC. A defence of free speech in an open society, the wall behind the statue is inscribed with the words "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear", words from George Orwell's proposed preface to Animal Farm.
Masthead from the edition of 25 December 1931 of the Radio Times, including the BBC motto "Nation shall speak peace unto Nation"
Logo used since 4 October 1997
BBC's fifth and current three-box logo used since 1997.
BBC's second three-box logo used from 1963 until 1971.
BBC World Service, with Jonathan Dimbleby broadcasting from Budapest
BBC's third three-box logo used from 1971 until 1988.
BBC's first three-box logo used from 1958 until 1963.
The combined newsroom for domestic television and radio was opened at Television Centre in West London in 1998.
The new newsroom in Broadcasting House
The new newsroom in Broadcasting House, central London, officially opened by the Queen in 2013
BBC News helicopter in use over London
BBC UK viewing figures 1981–2008: BBC 1 in red, BBC 2 in blue
The BBC's radio studio in Birmingham, from the BBC Hand Book 1928, which described it as "Europe's largest studio".
Weekly reach of the BBC's domestic television channels 2011–12
Weekly reach of the BBC's domestic services from 2011 to 2012 Reach is the number of people who use the service at any point for more than 15 minutes in a week.
Angela Rippon, pictured in 1983, became the first female news presenter in 1975.
BBC's fourth three-box logo used from 1988 until 1997.
2012–2013 BBC Radio expenditures of each service it is required to provide
BBC UK viewing share, 2002–2008: BBC 3, pink; BBC 4, dark cyan; BBC News, red; CBBC, purple; CBeebies, light cyan
Weekly reach of the BBC's national radio stations, both on analogue and digital.
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