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 as neutral in terms 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: 48.52

Bias: -1.48

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 URL Bias Reliability
Covid: New Zealand reports first case in the community in months048.44
Marjorie Taylor Greene: US House votes to strip Republican of key posts-1.550.8
Lil Wayne and Kodak Black: Why did Donald Trump grant the rappers clemency?-145.07
Dustin Higgs: Final execution of Trump presidency is carried out-5.6748.13
Trump impeached for 'inciting' US Capitol riot in historic second charge-2.447.28
Trump impeached for 'inciting' US Capitol riot in historic second charge-2.447.28
Capitol riots: Pro-Trump protesters storm the US legislature - in pictures-154.19
Capitol riots: Congress certifies Joe Biden's victory after violent disruption-0.549.29
Michael Cohen's book: ANC blasts 'divisive' Trump over Mandela-4.3345.46
Coronavirus: Loss of smell may be clearer sign than cough051.02
EU warns Turkey of sanctions over 'provocations' in Mediterranean049.76
'There's a stigma around male fertility': Why Chris Hughes and his brother want us to talk balls045.38
The tiny Swiss town that inspired Nietzsche038.85
Pope rejects US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting-2.3349.41
US election 2020: Eric Trump shares false Biden-teleprompter rumour-347.8
Kamala Harris: Who is Biden's running mate in 2020 US election?-1.6749.39
Trump hails 'dawn of new Middle East' with UAE-Bahrain-Israel deals048.3
Ruth Bader Ginsburg death: Trump to nominate woman to fill Supreme Court seat-2.6749.66
Hydroxychloroquine: Why a video promoted by Trump was pulled on social media-1.8151.32
Chinese consulate in Houston ordered to close by US-0.3350.39
In pictures: 'Wall of Moms' joins Portland's anti-racism protests-351.66
Trump to send 'surge' of hundreds of federal agents to cities-3.3346.22
Hiker stranded for 40 hours in the desert films himself046.82
Sudan crisis: Ex-President Omar al-Bashir moved to prison-243.22
Yemen war: Trump vetoes bill to end US support for Saudi-led coalition-0.3351.06