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: 45.11

Bias: -1.89

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
Biden cancels Trump drilling leases in Alaska's largest wildlife refuge -3.67 45.67
South Africa fire: What are Johannesburg's hijacked buildings? 0 45.67
Brain fog after Covid linked to blood clots - study 0 42.67
Grant Shapps gets defence job in mini reshuffle -2 46.33
Spinal cancer: Giving the gift of extra time to terminal patients 0 44
Netflix's One Piece: Is Hollywood finally doing anime right? 0 36.67
India bridge collapse: At least 26 killed at construction site 0 45.67
Wagner defied Putin and now its leader Prigozhin may be dead 0 41.33
Chandrayaan-3: India lunar rover Pragyaan takes a walk on the Moon 0 45.67
Ramaswamy, DeSantis, Pence: Who came out on top at the Republican debate? 0 41.67
Hawaii wildfires: The red Lahaina house that survived Maui fires 0 45.33
Chandrayaan-3: The race to unravel the mysteries of Moon's south pole 0 45.67
Scooter Braun: Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato part ways with manager 0 40.33
Jasprit Bumrah: Why the bowler is so important for the Indian cricket team 0 40.67
Ukrainian drone destroys Russian supersonic bomber 0 43.33
Biden tours 'overwhelming' Hawaii wildfire damage 0 42.33
World Cup: England Lionesses eye glory - but 'no plans' for bank holiday 0 43.67
Cash, cars and homes seized in $735m Singapore anti-money laundering raids 0 42.33
Canada wildfire: Evacuees flee Yellowknife as fire nears northern city 0 44.33
Travis King: North Korea says US soldier fled because of racism in army 0 45
The ancient technology keeping space missions alive 0 44.67
Niger coup: Ousted President Bazoum to be charged with high treason, junta says 0 44
Mission to the Moon: Who will win Russian and India's race to the lunar South Pole? 0 49
Netflix: How did it know I was bi before I did? -2 42.33
Versace's owner to be taken over in $8.5bn deal 0 43.67


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