BBC Bias and Reliability Overview

BBC (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. Ad Fontes Media rates BBC in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral 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.

The following are BBC’s overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 46.39

Bias: -2.66

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

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 the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

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

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

Article URLBiasReliability
Covid: Delta variant spreads globally as cases soar047
Serial killer on death row Rodney Alcala dies of natural causes047.67
R. Kelly accused of abusing teenage boy he met in McDonald's045.67
LA man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines dies of virus-442.33
MLB's Cleveland Indians drop controversial name-3.6744
A weekend in America: Shootings in Washington spotlight growing problem-542.33
Surfside tower collapse: No sign of final victim as Miami search ends046.67
Why the US is launching a $300 monthly child benefit-6.6744.33
The Broadway dancer whose lockdown business bloomed-1.6745.33
Covid misinformation on Facebook is killing people - Biden045.67
Canada's vaccination rate overtakes US048
Daca: Obama programme for child migrants ruled illegal045
A question of faith: Biden, Catholicism and the presidency-2.6740.33
Chancellor Rishi Sunak hints at ruling out 8% pension rise-4.3345
UK economic growth slows in May046.33
Swedish Coop supermarkets shut due to US ransomware cyber-attack045
US jobs growth picks up speed amid reopening-2.3344.67
France investigates retailers over China forced labour claims-346
Europe migrant crisis: Boat sinks off Tunisia drowning 43044.33
British Jews' fear and defiance amid record monthly anti-Semitism reports-2.6746.67
Miami building collapse: Demolition date brought forward047.67
Is there bad news for Biden in Alaska?-6.3340.67
Boeing 737 cargo jet ditches into sea off Honolulu, Hawaii047
Boy Scouts of America: $850m deal agreed over sexual abuse claims047
Statues of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II torn down in Canada-4.6742.33
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