The BBC - Statistics & Facts

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), based in London, is the leading public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom (UK) and the highest earning public radio-television company in Europe. In 2016, the annual income of the BBC amounted to 4.82 billion British pounds, of which 3.74 billion came from license fee income.

The highest share in the BBC's annual spending went to its television services in 2016. The BBC operates a number of national television services in the United Kingdom, among them flagship TV channel BBC One, the children's channels CBBC and CBeebies and BBC News, the UK's leading news channel. As of quarter four 2016, BBC One was the leading TV channel in the UK based on audience reach, staying ahead fellow public-service broadcaster Channel 4, commercial television rival ITV and sister channel BBC Two.

In addition to its TV division, the BBC also runs ten national UK radio stations, as well as multiple regional and local radio services. As of quarter three 2016, the share of all BBC radio stations in the total listening time of UK radio listeners was more than 50 percent, with BBC Radio 2 being the leading UK station with the most listeners nationwide.

In 2007, the BBC launched the iPlayer, an internet streaming on-demand service offering catch-up TV and radio content. As of June 2016, the monthly number of iPlayer requests amounted to 290 million, with approximately 37 percent of British internet users consuming or sharing digital content via the online service.

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