What Is the Full Form of BBC?
The full form of BBC is British Broadcasting Corporation. The BBC is one of the largest television networks that broadcasts news programmes in various countries around the world. It also broadcasts the news in several local languages apart from the primary language, English. Its headquarters is located in London Broadcasting House. It held a monopoly on TV in Great Britain until 1954, and on the radio till 1972.
History of the BBC
- John Reith founded the BBC in October 1922.
- Its first daily broadcast was on 14 November 1922 at Marconi’s studio in London.
- The BBC received the Royal Charter in 1927, and a new title was selected for the BBC, which is the British Broadcasting Corporation, altered from the British Broadcasting Company.
- In November 1936, the BBC launched its television service at Alexandra Palace, London.
- The BBC had to put up the shutters on its television networks during World War II, and instead, continued to apprise, educate and entertain the TV audience and fans on the radio during that period.
- It broadcasted the crowning ceremony of the Queen in 1953. The coverage of this ceremonial event was viewed by about 22 million people. Through such a broadcast, it generated a sense of desire in citizens to own TV sets at home, which helped in increasing TV sales.
- The BBC’s first TV centre was opened in West London in June 1960, which later became its headquarters.
- The BBC presented the BBC online (bbc.co.uk) in 1997, which was established as one of the world’s most trustworthy sources.
- Following a ten-year-old charter signed with the Government in 2007, the BBC trust became its main controlling body, and thus started to broaden its online services worldwide.
Functions of BBC
- The BBC provides public media, which involves publications, radio and television broadcasts. Most of its revenue and profit come from the “BBC News” Broadcasting media source.
- The BBC’s news channel is widely recognised and distributed around the world, including India, the United States, China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia.
- Many BBC programmes concentrate on news and global affairs. The services showcased on the BBC are transcribed into several other languages, so they can be telecast in different countries worldwide.