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: 44.72

Bias: -1.46

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
Why Russia's Putin backing Biden for the US presidency is not what it seems -1.67 33.67
Donald Trump's hush-money trial set to begin next month -1 43.67
Vapes 10 times over legal size seized at Kent ports 0 43.33
Has great white shark newborn been caught on film for the first time? 0 44
Caroline Glachan murderers to appeal life sentences 0 42.33
Maidstone United fan fall at Ipswich not 'police matter' 0 41
Met Police officer found guilty of assaulting crime victim 0 44.33
Iceland volcano: Kids tell us what life is like there 0 43
Japan: Man sentenced to death for Kyoto anime fire which killed 36 0 45.67
Post Office investigator says cleared sub-postmaster was guilty 0 43
£200k for accessible toilets in Kirklees parks 0 42.33
Business boss appointed to oversee £20m Barnsley investment 0 42.67
Plans announced to build pool for boats in Hereford park 0 42.33
Southsea beachgoers warned after water quality ranked 'poor' 0 42.67
Calne will have its first Pride event in 2024 -0.67 42.33
Disney's earliest Mickey and Minnie Mouse enter public domain as US copyright expires 0 45.67
Bedford audio food trail to be created to whet appetite for memories 0 40.67
Rugby fashion student's lost portfolio found 4,000 miles away 0 43.33
Bronte sisters' birthplace 'saved for future generations' by funding 0 43.33
Sakshi Malik: Indian Olympian quits sport over new wrestling chief 0 43.67
Japan: Corruption scandal threatens PM Kishida's government 0 43.33
International Bomber Command Centre celebrates record year 0 42.33
A14 Rougham closed after 'serious' Bury St Edmunds crash 0 40.67
Biologists airlift deer for health check in Utah 0 39.67
Claudine Gay: Congress probes Harvard president plagiarism claims 0 44