The British Broadcasting Commission is an independent regulatory body, which is appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture to regulate the operation of the BBC. The BBC is the national broadcaster of England and Wales, with several specialist stations broadcasting to other parts of the UK and around the world. The Corporation has a statutory duty to provide a wide range of programmes and events that inform and entertain its audiences. It also broadcasts original and impartial programmes in many different languages.
The BBC is governed by legislation known as the Broadcasting Act 1993, which regulates the way in which the Corporation is managed. It also provides protection against any interference from political, religious or other groups with broadcasting content and the provision of its services. A wide range of impartiality and accountability standards is in place to ensure that the BBC’s output remains objective, impartial and relevant to a wide audience.
The BBC is funded by the licence fee paid by every person who uses television, radio or online in the United Kingdom. The BBC licence fee is one of the most important and least changeable of all taxes levied in the United Kingdom and is designed to provide a substantial return to the nation as a whole through the provision of a wide variety of public services and programmes. The BBC is subject to review by the Treasury Select Committee on Television Licensing annually, and the BBC Trust Commission annually. In addition to this there are also annual inspections by the BBC Trust to identify and evaluate how the Corporation is fulfilling its statutory obligations. This is also overseen by the Information Commissioners Office.