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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London.

It is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation<ref name="historicalbroadcaster">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with over 20,950 staff in total, of whom 16,672 are in public sector broadcasting;<ref name="2013-14-c1-persons-employed">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="MediaNewsline">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref name="ProspectMag">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref><ref name="AboutBBC">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref><ref name="BBC Annual Report">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> including part-time, flexible as well as fixed contract staff, the total number is 35,402.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The BBC is established under a Royal Charter<ref name="crown">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> and operates under its Agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee<ref name="TrustAR">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref> which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts.<ref name="TVLic">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The fee is set by the British Government, agreed by Parliament,<ref name="TVLic2">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[dead link] }}</ref> and used to fund the BBC's extensive radio, TV, and online services covering the nations and regions of the UK. From 1 April 2014 it also funds the BBC World Service, launched in 1932, which provides comprehensive TV, radio, and online services in Arabic, and Persian, and broadcasts in 28 languages.

Around a quarter of BBC revenues come from its commercial arm BBC Worldwide Ltd. which sells BBC programmes and services internationally and also distributes the BBC's international 24-hour English language news services BBC World News and BBC.com, provided by BBC Global News Ltd.


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