BBC vs. CNN News

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Difference between BBC and CNN

In the United Kingdom, BBC is the premiere news organization, and it is pretty hard to escape its presence wherever in the U.K. you may be. In the United States, CNN has pretty much the same impact, although it arguably has a stronger global presence. Nevertheless, BBC enjoys its own share of the global news market, which makes a comparison between the two only logical…and here it is!



The British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC is the largest broadcasting company in the world. Its headquarters are located in London, and it mainly services the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man under a Royal Charter. It is received in all households, companies and organizations in the United Kingdom that use equipment that records and/or receives live television broadcasts. The Cable News Network or CNN is a cable news channel operating out of the United States. Its founder is Ted Turner, and it was established in 1980. Back then, CNN was the only 24-hour television news channel, being the first of its kind to do so. CNN broadcasts mainly from the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and various studios in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, although it has numerous affiliates around the world. CNN is now owned by the Time Warmer company and its U.S. news channel is owned by Turner Broadcasting System.


BBC News is the largest broadcast news organization in the world and it provides news via domestic radio in addition, to various television networks, among them BBC News, BBC Parliament and BBC World News. Its other services include BBC Red Button, Ceefax and BBC News Online. The company also offers a number of mobile news services as well as desktop, e-mail, and digital TV alerts. CNN currently provides services to more than 93 million households in the United States, as well as more than 890,000 rooms in hotels all over the country. In addition, the U.S broadcast is also shown throughout Canada. Its international counterpart–CNN International–is seen in more than 212 countries all over the world. CNN rates as the second most widely watched cable news channel in the United States, and it has the most number of unique viewers.

Other Services

BBC also offers a slew of online services, including a news website and archive. According to the company, the site is the most popular content-based site in Europe. BBC also offers the Red Button, which is an interactive digital television service available through Freeview, Freesat, Sky Digital, and Virgin Media. The company also has various concerns in music, ebooks, and even PCs, with its most notable achievement in this regard being the BBC Micro. CNN for its part is involved in various types of paid subscription services, free live broadcasts and online activities. The company has also launched a new version of its website, in addition, to having a channel on video-sharing site YouTube.



  • Is the largest broadcast news organization in the world
  • Offers a variety of online services, including a news website and archive
  • Website is reportedly the most popular content-based site in Europe
  • Its foreign correspondents deliver fresher sounding and less scripted sounding news spots than many U.S. news correspondent clips.


  • Founded in 1980 by Ted Turner
  • Is seen in more than 93 million households and more than 890,000 hotel rooms in the United States
  • Is involved in various online and broadcasting activities
  • Has its own channel on YouTube

BBC News Commercial

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Which news bureau has better int'l coverage?
  • BBC
  • CNN

Discuss It: comments 2

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  • Vera Elue wrote on October 2010

If something historic happens in China today, which of the two is likely to carry it quicker and which would be seen by more people of the world faster?

Vera ELUE asks?

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  • Billy Mitchell wrote on July 2011

Most likely it'd be the BBC as it has the most journalists in the world!

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