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It is a public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded by the licence fee that is paid by UK households.

The BBC uses the income from the licence fee to provide services including 8 national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive website.

BBC World Service broadcasts to the world on radio, on TV and online, providing news and information in 32 languages. It is funded by a government grant, not from the licence fee.

The BBC also has a commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. Its profits are returned to the BBC for investment in new programming and services.

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Starts October 15, will "bring this massive UK event to a wider audience."

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Dramatisation of Thompson/Houser conflict is "random, made up bo****ks"

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Adds buttons and a motion sensor, will sell the hardware once 1 million unit giveaway is completed

BBC will give 1 million coding devices to British kids

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Submissions open for BBC Worldwide Labs mentoring scheme

Digital start-ups can apply for support and office space

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BBC iPlayer rolls out on Xbox Live

UK customers will be able to access the popular streaming service for free, starting today

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