Context: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has recently been facing soe heat after the release of its documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’, with the Indian government calling the film a “propaganda piece” and accusing the broadcaster of having a “colonial mindset”.
About British Broadcasting Corporation:
- Founded on October 18, 1922, the BBC was earlier a private corporation, known as the British Broadcasting Company, in which only British manufacturers were allowed to hold shares.
- In 1926, a parliament committee recommended that the private company should be replaced by a public, Crown-chartered organisation, the British Broadcasting Corporation.
- This made the company ultimately answerable to Parliament but it continued to enjoy independence regarding its activities.
- Till now, the BBC operates under the Royal Charter.
- The charter has to be renewed every 10 years and the current one will run until December 31, 2027.
- Till 2017, the company was regulated by the BBC Trust, its executive board, and a government-approved regulatory authority, called Ofcam.
- The trust was abolished and a BBC Board was set up to govern the company.
- Ofcam was given the sole responsibility of regulating it.
Source: Indian Express