BBC is the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees which includes 48 news gathering bureaux, 41 of which are overseas.

Last year BBC News reported from more than 150 countries and produced more than 45,000 hours of programming – that works out at an average of 120 hours of news broadcasting for every day of the year.

BBC News is also a global news provider reaching more than 260 million viewers through the international TV news channel BBC World and more than 150 million listeners via BBC World Service. These services are not funded by the licence fee but by grants for the World Service and commercial income for BBC World.

The bulk of programming comes from the news centre in Television Centre, West London – the largest such operation in the world. Political programming, including the BBC Parliament channel, is based in the heart of Westminster at Millbank while international radio programming comes from the home of World Service – Bush House in central London.

Behind the scenes on a television news broadcast: Hundreds of people work behind the scenes on the BBC’s news output
BBC News does not produce the BBC’s UK regional news programmes and services but works very closely with BBC Nations and Regions across all media to ensure that we reflect the diverse picture of life in communities throughout the UK.

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