News Group

The BBC News Group brings together Network News, English Regions and Global News. The group accounts for more than a third of the BBC with over 8,500 UK and worldwide staff serving a variety of local, UK-wide and global audiences.

We reach 41 million people in the UK - that’s 81% of the UK adult population every week - and 241 million globally with our journalism. The group operates out of 125 cities in 70 countries, with 30 joint bureaux and 95 single bureaux.

The first BBC news bulletin was broadcast on 14 November 1922 to a nation that collectively owned fewer than 30,000 wireless sets. Today, over 80% of the UK population use our news services - on television, radio, online, on mobiles and on tablets.

BBC News remains the most trusted news broadcaster in the world. Our aim is to deliver the best journalism in the world, building on our core values of impartiality, accuracy and independence.

We strive to remain distinctive and maintain both our reputation and our audience's trust. What we do touches a huge range of audiences, with BBC News - a multimedia, multiplatform and, in the case of Global News, multi-lingual brand - reaching around the world.


BBC Global News includes the BBC’s international television, radio and online news services. This public service division reaches 241 million people around the world every week with some of the world's best journalism. Our aim is to be the best known and most respected voice in international broadcasting.

Global News is made up of the BBC World Service - our international multimedia, multi-lingual service operating radio and online services in English and 27 other languages - and Arabic and Persian TV.

BBC World News is our 24/7, English-language international news television channel. It is also editorially responsible for the BBC's international-facing news website and related mobile services. Its activities are commercially funded by advertising and distribution revenues.

Then there is BBC Monitoring which offers open source monitoring of TV, radio, web and print media around the world.

Meanwhile, the BBC World Service Trust is the BBC's independent international charity.


It’s not a normal nine-to-five job"

Julia McHale, Broadcast Assistant

Quality and distinctiveness lie at the heart of the way we serve our local audiences. Across the UK, we’re driven to deliver original, strong and in-depth regional and local stories. Via a dynamic multimedia environment - TV, Local Radio and a range of dedicated local websites - we produce around 60% of the BBC’s domestic output for about 7% of the licence fee.

Our regional TV service produces daily news in 12 regions of England, weekly current affairs and politics output in 11 of them, and sports shows in seven. We devote particular attention to identifying and providing detailed and continuing coverage of the key issues which affect each region. Series such as Inside Out have a strong record in original journalism and breaking news.

We operate 40 local radio stations which together attract more than 7 million listeners a week. For instance, our local radio service staged more than 140 constituency candidate debate programmes during the run up to the 2010 general election, while our winter weather coverage is an example of our unique ability to support our communities.

BBC local journalism plays a pivotal role in UK life. Our work across radio, television and online highlights important issues that concern our audiences and helps them to call decision-makers to account. Providing information, analysis and a platform for local debate informs democracy and supports active citizenship - both of which are important BBC objectives.


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