The BBC Broadcasts and Shapes British Culture

bbcDepuis le 2 avril 2013, Tony Hall dirige la BBC. Cette société de production et de diffusion de programmes, entre autre connue pour avoir servi à transmettre l’appel du 18 juin de 1940 du Général De Gaulle, fait la renommée de la Grande-Bretagne et reste encore un modèle pour le reste du monde… 


From national to international:

The British Broadcasting Corporation is a public service broadcaster founded in 1922, which makes it the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation. The BBC is known for providing mass media broadcasting services, from radio to television, without neglecting the importance of online tools in today’s society. It had extended its influence throughout the world and is now firmly rooted in every continent as the world’s largest international broadcaster, BBC World Service. Nowadays, it prides itself on having 11 national stations and 11 international ones.


However, before it is an absolute giant in universal broadcasting, the BBC is above all essentially British: it has, hands down, contributed to shaping the United Kingdom’s cultural landscape. Indeed, one could say that over the last ninety years, the BBC has played a major if not primary role in the development of broadcasting media truthfully, and thus the UK popular culture that derives from it. Not matter how much the British are keen to ridicule it, the BBC has entirely blended into their lives: Auntie Beep (as the BBC is nicknamed) is family, after all. Programmes like EastEnders (BBC’s most watched show ever), Monty Pythons Flying Circus or The Thick Of It (and its legendary sharp-tongued spin doctor), among many others, have had strong impacts on the British cultural landscape.  

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The BBC: a source for Americans as well

Numerous contemporary American TV shows have surely received a lot of praise. However, BBC series are ever so increasingly popular across the pond: while British TV used to have a cult following, it is now attracting a massive audience with BBC programmes such as 50-year-old Doctor Who or Sherlock, a witty and quick-paced 21st century version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth. Such success may derive from the particular appeal of everything that is so British (from kettles to the British accent), as more and more American TV shows draw inspiration from their British cousins. Indeed, The Office, Being Human or House of Cards are Americans adaptations of eponymous BBC series, while The Thick Of It inspired the popular series Veep. Renowned quality writing is obviously no stranger as to why the BBC has such a strong influence on British culture and abroad. The corporation has made its trademark by encouraging and promoting creative talent, be it the BBC’s dramatic output, (for shows such as Upstairs, Downstairs or The Hour) or the renewal and preservation of iconic British comedy, from The Office to Yes, Minister.

Finally, the BBC does not only project the UK’s rich cultural identity overseas, but it also makes a lasting impact on what it means to be British

Anastassia GABOUNCHINA & Eleonore GIRARD


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