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 (British Broadcasting Corporation) 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: 46.06

Bias: -2.41

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
US midterm elections: The candidates making history -2 45.33
Jack Dorsey: Twitter co-founder breaks silence on Elon Musk takeover 0 46
Xi Biden meeting: US leader promises 'no new Cold War' with China -3.67 43.67
God of War: Ragnarok 'accessibility needed to be better' -1 40.33
Ukraine war: Biden sees 'real problems' for Russia after Kherson retreat order -1.67 45.67
'Live fire used again' as Iran protests swell -4 47.33
Trump subpoena: Former president ordered to testify to January 6 committee -1 46.33
'Humble' worm saliva can break down tough plastic -2.33 46.67
Queen Elizabeth II: Picture of chapel ledger stone released 0 47.67
Iran protests: Raisi to 'deal decisively' with widespread unrest 0 46.67
US Midterms: Inflation's got her thinking she'd 'vote Trump again' 6.67 39
Roger Federer: 20-time Grand Slam champion retires after Laver Cup loss 0 39.67
Ukraine war: Hundreds arrested as Russian draft protests continue 0 46.67
Iran unrest: What's going on with Iran and the internet? 0 45.33
Ukraine round-up: Inside freed city and Russia's prison recruits 0 48.67
Queen Elizabeth II: World leaders remember a 'kind-hearted Queen' 0 44.67
Uvalde: US to review police response to Texas school shooting -6.67 43.67
Monkeypox: Time to worry or one to ignore? 0 45.67
How our daily travel harms the planet -6.67 40.33
Arizona man arrested after dogs, cats and snakes found in home freezer 0 47
Great Barrier Reef: Australia confirms new mass bleaching event 0 46.33
Johnny Depp lawyers say Amber Heard giving 'performance of her life' -1 44.67
MPs vote to keep at-home abortion service -6.33 44
Vietnam to enforce two-child rule 0 45.67
George Floyd: How are African-Americans treated under the law? -5 45


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