British Broadcasting Corporation
London, England • Founded in 1948 • Trust Project news partner since
BBC News is the news division and flagship channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the world's largest broadcast television, radio and online news operation.
BBC News is the parent organization of multiple news properties guiding their overall best practices. These news properties then implement the shared best practices independently.
The BBC seeks to provide accurate and impartial news, current affairs and factual programming to help people understand and engage with the world around them and to become active and informed citizens. Holding itself to the highest editorial standards, it aims to reflect, represent and serve the United Kingdom's diverse communities.
Established by a Royal Charter, the BBC is principally funded through the monthly licence fee paid by households in the United Kingdom.
The BBC is committed to creating an organization that accurately reflects the society it serves. The more diverse its workforce, the better able it is to respond to and reflect its audiences in all their diversity.
BBC News acknowledges serious factual errors and correct such mistakes quickly, clearly and appropriately, saying what was wrong as well as putting it right. BBC is transparent about any changes made.
When quoting an anonymous source, especially a source making serious allegations, the audience must be told what information can be revealed about them in a way that doesn’t mislead. The director of editorial policy will decide if the story is of significant public interest, if the source is credible and reliable, if a serious allegation was made, and if a response has been sought, as well as legal or personal safety concerns and other sensitive topics. Allegations made by anonymous sources must carefully explain the nature of the allegation and that it is being made by a source and not by the BBC.
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