BBC Bias and Reliability


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Bias: Middle

Reliability: Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting


Ad Fontes Media rates British Broadcasting Corporation in the Middle category of bias and as Reliable, Analysis/Fact Reporting in terms of reliability. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a public broadcasting service based in London. It publishes news on television, radio and online in more than 40 languages. Established in 1922 by a royal charter, the BBC is primarily funded by a license fee paid by households in the United Kingdom.

Overall Score

The following are the overall bias and reliability scores for British Broadcasting Corporation according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 45.77

Bias: -2.27

Panels of analysts from Ad Fontes Media regularly review representative sample content to rate it for reliability and bias. Each panel of analysts comprises one left-leaning, one right-leaning, and one center-leaning analyst.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating content. To determine its reliability score, we consider the content’s veracity, expression, its title/headline, and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the sample content’s overall reliability score.

To determine sample content’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position, and how it compares to other reporting or analysis from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a weighted scale, with the average of those creating the content’s overall bias score.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to middle to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 40 are generally good; scores below 24 are generally problematic. Scores between 24-40 indicate a range of possibilities, with some sources falling there because they are heavy in opinion and analysis, and some because they have a high variation in reliability between articles.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to +42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being minimally biased, equally balanced, or exhibiting a centrist bias.

Individual Content Sample Scores

These are the most recent content samples that Ad Fontes Media analysts have rated for this source.

Content Sample URL Bias Reliability
Chinese spy balloon: US tracks suspected surveillance device 0 42.67
Man admits treason charge over Queen crossbow threat 0 45.67
Jobs growth surges in US despite slowdown fears -0.67 41.33
What you need to know about the US classified documents saga -1.67 45.33
The bitter dinosaur feud at the heart of palaeontology 0 41.33
Andrew Tate: Romanian teens explain how he approached them on social media 0 44.67
Ukraine war: Germany under pressure as Zelensky urges allies for more tanks 0 46.33
Ukraine war: Serbia uproar over Wagner mercenaries recruiting for Russia 0 46.67
China's population falls for first time since 1961 0 46.33
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's portraits that question history -3.33 38
Keith Davis: After four trials, Baltimore drops murder charge 0 45
Ukraine war: Bakhmut defenders plea for Western tanks 0 47.33
World's richest man promotes daughter to head Dior 0 44.33
FTX: Collapsed crypto giant recovers over $5bn of assets 0 44
Second batch of classified Biden documents found 0 45.67
Ukraine war: Sergei Surovikin removed as commander of Ukraine invasion force -1 46.33
Sri Lanka's central bank urges China and India to reduce its debts -1.33 45
Three days. Eleven votes. Still no US House speaker -3.33 44
Kevin McCarthy makes new concessions to rebels as third day of voting looms -0.67 42.33
Russia fires dozens of missiles at Ukrainian cities 0 48.67
At this Texas school, every student is a teen mother -3 46.67
Kylian Mbappe shrugs off Emiliano Martinez's 'futile' taunts 0 44
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified -0.67 48.33
Ex-Pope Benedict is lucid and alert - Vatican 0 47.67
PSG 2-1 Strasbourg: Last-minute Mbappe penalty rescues win as Neymar sent off 0 44.67


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