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BBC.co.uk has a consumer rating of 3.89 stars from 36 reviews indicating that most consumers are generally satisfied with their purchases. BBC.co.uk also ranks 2nd among International News sites.

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  • One of my most favorite news sites, no doubt about it.

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  • I strongly urge all over 75's to not pay their tv licence fee from August 2020.
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Top Positive Review

“Very good food and cooking website”

K D.
1/20/11

Very good food and cooking website. (www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/) Thousands of recipes - most linked to the dozens of TV cookery programmes the BBC has hosted over many years. You can search by recipe name or just list ingredients if you need some help with inspiration. Another plus is that they are not full of links trying to sell you stuff. They also cover recipes for special diets. Excellent!

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Top Critical Review

“Delusions of adequacy”

Iain C.
6/6/20

If penny pinching lack of empathy for over 75s is the BBC objective then achieving alienation of loyal viewers is a success. Lack of programme quality is rife and even small things like updating text such as errors of fact misplaced geographical postings and total failure to monitor the obvious inaccuracies tells us they don't care.

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steveg935
1 review
3 helpful votes
April 29th, 2020
Likes to create news rather than report it, self praising, biased against sections of the community that do not subscribe to all its mantras. Creates hatred and through biased reporting, marginalises And alienates people with a valid but different view. Hides news it sees as counter to its pre determined aims and agendas. Hypocritical.
iainc13
1 review
2 helpful votes
June 6th, 2020
If penny pinching lack of empathy for over 75s is the BBC objective then achieving alienation of loyal viewers is a success. Lack of programme quality is rife and even small things like updating text such as errors of fact misplaced geographical postings and total failure to monitor the obvious inaccuracies tells us they don't care.
stevej494
1 review
0 helpful votes
July 18th, 2020
The BBC is a disgusting, immoral organisation that is ripping off over 75's by stealing their free tv licences. The BBC agreed a financial settlement with the Tory Government in 2015 in which they would be allowed to raise the cost of the tv licence each year in return for maintaining free tv licences for over 75's. The BBC has reneged on this deal by scrapping over 75's free tv licences yet it is still raising the cost of the tv licence each year. Boris Johnson is a total disgrace as he promised during his election campaign to keep free tv licences for over 75's yet since his election victory, his silence on this issue has been clear for all to see.

Boris Johnson needs to grow a spine and emerge from under the rock where he is hiding and do the honourable thing and reinstate free tv licences for over 75's as the UK is a rich country that can easily afford this small concession to pensioners and war veterans who have given a lifetime of service to this country. Welfare policy such as who should receive a free TV licence is the responsibility of elected government's (ie The Department of Works and Pensions in UK government) and not an unelected quango such as the BBC. The decision to scrap free tv licences for over 75's sits squarely in Boris Johnson's in tray as he is PM and head of all government departments including the Department of Works and Pensions. The 'buck stops with Boris Johnson'! Every group in society, apart from pensioners, have been given a financial bailout during the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet it is the over 75's who are most seriously affected by this disease and who have suffered the most, yet Johnson's government has given them zero financial help. Immigrants that flock to the UK illegally are treated far better than over 75's who have paid a lifetime of taxes in the UK and immigrants are given more state handouts and freebies, at the taxpayers expense, than most of us could ever imagine. This government needs to wake up and stop treating the over 75's like dirt and maintain their well deserved free tv licence.

The corrupt BBC is squandering £12million of licence payers money on settling the tax bills of some of its tax dodging autocue readers and £100million on diversity and over £80million wasted on a new 'Eastenders' set. Its waste is obscene. It is preying on and bullying the over 75's who are some of the most vulnerable in society to pay for this waste and maintain all the BBC non entities on lavish salaries and gold plated pensions. Such is the waste at the BBC that it employs 10 people for each job.

I strongly urge all over 75's to not pay their tv licence fee from August 2020. Such a mass civil disobedience campaign will bring this issue to the top of the political agenda and force desperately needed change on the corrupt organisation that is the BBC - Britain's Biggest Con. If all over 75's refuse to pay the tv licence fee, the Courts would be totally unable to cope with prosecutions on this scale and Boris Johnson's hand would be forced and he would have to deal with this issue immediately instead of ignoring it. Pensioner power can end the corrupt tv licence fee. The BBC has got away with fleecing the UK population for far too long. This must end now!

#DEFUND THE BBC - CANCEL YOUR TV LICENCE AND SHOW SUPPORT FOR BRITAIN'S OVER 75'S
benjaminn29
6 reviews
38 helpful votes
October 22nd, 2018
The BBC always follow the leftist path when it comes to reporting on poltical and major world events.

They may throw in a lot of meaningless junk as filler inbetween which would be considered unbiased and factual, while also useless.

Unfortunately the British people are still forced into paying for the garbage produced by the BBC, when it fails to represent the views of the majority of the public at large, Hense why they disable and block comments when it comes to their content.

Hopefully as their viewership continues to decline, they will realise the error of their ways and make a change for better, I won't hold my breath tho.
candaced5
5 reviews
11 helpful votes
July 27th, 2016
BBC world news is the new Fox News. It covers in full every press conference trump gives.
Sometimes he's on for 20 minutes just rambling. Tonight nothing positive about the Democratic convention. Instead? A headline TRUMP OUTSHINES THE DEMOCRATS. WHY? Because he called on the enemy of the free world, Putin, to find Hilary Clintons lost emails. He already got the Russians to hack the DNC. The BBC IS BACKING TRUMP ALL THE WAY. DISGUSTING!
heidim14
1 review
0 helpful votes
January 10th, 2016
The BBC Australia shop is terrible. I ordered an item on Dec 7, which was supposed to arrive prior to Christmas. It never came. I did not receive any email about the item. There was no proper tracking advice. Five weeks later and I still have not received my item. After finally getting through to their Customer Service line, they said that the item was not in stock and now they have to wait for a shipment. So they never even had my item in stock, and they illegally advertised it in the first place. Terrible Customer Service! No offer to send it free of postage or make any amends for their error and illegal online behaviour.
benh57
13 reviews
52 helpful votes
March 1st, 2016
While all is honky dory for anyone outside the UK, Those who live in the UK are being pestered on a daily basis by TV licence goons going round people's door's, thumping windows as well as your front door and threatening them with a £1000 fine or prison or both because you don't have a TV licence. The price the BBC expects you to pay for even owning a TV, whether you watch live TV or not is £145.50. Your having to pay that on a yearly basis. Even if you only use a telly for playing video games from a console, your still expected to buy a licence. Yes, I know, that is why I titled this review as a joke, because no doubt, many of people who don't live in the UK will be reading this will be literally rofl, but it is right, the BBC are nothing but bullies, if you don't have a licence in owning a telly, your actually breaking the law..
davidc1276
8 reviews
10 helpful votes
August 10th, 2018
A basic news website, with surprisingly thin coverage, even of UK news.
The news is given in no detail, but is inclined to exaggerate the "news" value of its reports. It seems politically neutral, but in fact it reports the mainstream, and avoids anything controversial. A lot of the reports are banal and you wonder how it ever got passed by an editor.
This is not a newspaper site. If you want journalism go elsewhere. If you want stuff that is short and easy to read, go to the bbc.
andrewt4
8 reviews
8 helpful votes
September 19th, 2011
philipp47
5 reviews
5 helpful votes
March 9th, 2014
Simply love it. The website design and usability is epic!
alans323
2 reviews
0 helpful votes
October 21st, 2018
Its a great website however there is not enough content compared to other news websites like CNN etc. Would prefer also if they created a different section just to cover brexit as i think is taking to much space taken up and its now just boring
jimt32
11 reviews
17 helpful votes
April 17th, 2014
If you want real news not tainted by the long arm of media moguls, this is the site for you.
bryans34
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
October 29th, 2013
Great site, seems to be first with news stories most of the time. One complaint is their poor coverage of Canadian news.
seans30
6 reviews
17 helpful votes
March 11th, 2014
Great website. Love iPlayer and the ability to watch online anytime.
martinb11
3 reviews
14 helpful votes
September 8th, 2011
BBC provides most valuable and authenticate news across the world. I really appreciate. But One thing i had noticed which disappoint many even me is that BBC focusing or creating healies only Western and European counties and giving less focus to Asian counties
reviewr6
11 reviews
10 helpful votes
December 10th, 2019
• Updated review
Oh go$#*!'s The Public'. We'll have none of that here.

It's the BBC'. It's an institution. It's funded in a UNIQUE way. Don't question it.

Intro

Once upon a time, there was the BBC. And it was the only thing available. And people looked upon it, and didn't know any different. It did TV, and radio. Then the internet was invented, and the BBC had several long meetings. And decided it should have an internet presents.

Someone told them it was a presence' not presents, and they had several more long meetings, and decided that they should have an internet presence, not presents.

The BBC traditionally does other stuff apart from the internet, but this online thing is becoming quite popular. The beeb hasn't really figured out how to do audience participation (nor does it want to), altho it's news site does look lovely and dull. (this is an organisation that has 30 minutes of meetings everyday to decide how to be cool)

Background

The BBC is: severely up it's own a___ (UIOA). The BBC makes the most interesting or potentially exciting articles tedious, so you click back' after the first couple of paragraphs. It would be useful for the Beeb to have a time monitor on it's pages. Not to see how many clicks an article gets, but to see how soon after the click, the reader gives up reading and clicks back'.

You are not good enough for the BBC. It is the BBC's job to educate you from your current pleb level. Unless you're retired, in which case you're better than other people, and may be good enough for the BBC. The BBC is a safe space for you to learn about the dangerous parts of this world. Such as "slang", and "the internet".

The BBC

Parts of the BBC are loosing the plot as seemingly per the media industry (depending on how much attention you pay to the media industry'). But they are the mee dee arr, pinch of salt etc.

They are funded by the government. The money comes from you, but the penalty for not paying is prison, and the government ensures the prison. So the BBC is funded by the government. Paid for by you, but ensured by the government. That means the BBC won't say anything nasty about the government, because then, the government say "oh no, we're not guaranteeing your income". The gov't also won't abolish the license tax fee, because then the BBC won't say nice things abut the gov't. You scratch my bank account, I scratch yours.

(moderately) Left wing that looks like right wing. A supposedly free love' organisation, that has a pristine sensible image.The opposite of the Daily Mail. The Savile episode may be relevent for the fact that aunty is not as comfortable a relative as you might think. Moderately left wing, but slightly less irritating than the left-wing Huffngton Post, which shadowcensors *

*shadowban/shadowcensor=log out, check your comment is still visible

The BBC is keen to point out that things you thought were crap, aren't crap. The BBC defines this as 'opening your mind'. It's also called being liberal'.

Lots of sentences the BBC prints, seem to be directed at people who have absolutely no idea what is going on, and have zero knowledge of anything to do with the article they just clicked on. Eg. Caption on an online article: "social networks have faced criticism". I might write an article for the BBC. It will be a long, "in depth", moderately unreadable article on the Amazon rainforest. At the end it'll have a picture of a tree. With the caption: "this is a tree".

The BBC's news flavour is sanguine. That's what you get when you know your income is guaranteed, and not dependent on adverts, sales, or program quality. "It's ok. Everything is ok. We've got our money, so it's ok".

Comments

On the majority of news sites, the only decent information comes from user comments. There is a reason that on the BBC you are only able to comment on around 10% of the articles. That would mean. Allowing, THE PUBLIC you, the great unwashed to air their views. And that just gets messy, and is definitely not inline with the image the BBC wants to portray. YES, you pay for it, but god, no, don't Have Your Say'. On some of the HYS's (which are a nightmare to navigate around, being BBC standard', and not like'normal message boards'. And apparently You' is You, which is tricky if someone else decides to have the username of You'.) half the comments have been removed due to breaking the house rules'.

The BBC website DOES:
-tell you when a comment has been deleted, unlike the daily mail, where there is no trace.

The BBC website DOESN'T:
-let you comment on the majority of articles, and is also strict in that you can't submit a comment to an article, where the comment is about a different article
-allow you to find your own comments. Go figure. (the bbc would never condone anything as crude as say. Being able to find how upvoted/downvoted your OWN posts are)

Why is the BBC stricter on non-article related comments, while the DM is generally more leniant? Well, the BBC has it's income guaranteed by the government (essentially a public-owned service). The DM relies on user engagement' to sell it's product. The BBC news site is also popular with retired types, who have more time and are more inclined to report "non house rule" comments (the BBC is popular with old people. This may be because, older people want to FEEL that their news source is reliable, whether it is or not. They don't want to have the effort of wondering if they should question it. Varied user comments would unsettle them)

If you're quick enough to have read them before they are removed, you'll realise that most of them are normal conversation, which the beeb deems to beer"not up to standard" for their site. If you see them before they are removed, they are basically the good parts of a conversation down the pub. The pub is terribly' low-brow, though, not inline with the BBC cultivated image at all. It does explain why the flavour of the comments on the site is."above board" all the interesting comments get removed. If you want a chance at an off-topic comment remaining, try putting something positive about the BBC within the comment.

The have your say section has it's fair share of middle-englanders, who words like excellent' ("The BBC is an excellent source of news") and twaddle' a lot and the bbc website is more than geared up for them. If you want lively, vigorous, varied debate, the BBC is not the place for you. As much as I hate to admit it, try the daily mails website. At the BBC, we will have considered, calm. BOR-ING discourse specifically of the matters at hand.

We encourage discussion, but not "too passionate/enthusiastic" discussion. This is the BBC, of course. Your licence fee provides enough moderators, thank you. There is more moderation on the net than you think.

HYS is only available on very select stories. It's quite telling that often many of the top-rated comments have been deleted by moderation. If you comment on a different story than the one the HYS is open on, expect a deletion. "You vill comment on ze story in hant". Said in Her Majesties English, of course.

Dear BBC. Are. You. Aware. That when you remove a comment from your website, the internet has things called "other websites". Where the comment will probably get published. With stronger terminology. Possibly with the phrase "f__k the BBC" somewhere in the text. Possibly.

The lack of commenting could be quites#1te, tbh. Journalists have been known to get their facts' wrong, and if there is no immediate way of correcting this, then I believe what you have, is #fakenews. From the BBC of all places. And it's worth noting that the BBC slant on stories does NOT reflect public opinion. Income guaranteed by the government, it reflects the opinion that the government WANTS the public to have (just"be calm"). Left wing slant, whatever you do, don't OFFEND anyone. (someone can be stupid, just don't CALL them stupid. The beeb definitely doesn't call a spade a spade). The BBC is quite influential, you see. Can't have it saying the wrong' thing. No no.

To the users be NICE. Remember, it's ok. We've got our income guaranteed.

Brexit has shown just what a propaganda machine the British Propaganda Corporation is. Propaganda that you obviously can't comment on. Because most of the "articles" don't have comments sections on them.
Oh gosh... it's 'The Public'
March 7th, 2019
• Previous review
Intro

Once upon a time, there was the BBC. And it was the only thing available. And people looked upon it, and didn't know any different. It did TV, and radio.

Then the internet was invented, and the BBC had several long meetings. And decided it should have an internet presents.

Someone told them it was a 'presence' not presents, and they had several more long meetings, and decided that they should have an internet presence, not presents.

The BBC traditionally does other stuff apart from the internet, but this online thing is becoming quite popular. The beeb hasn't really figured out how to do audience participation, altho it's news site does look lovely and dull.

The BBC

Parts of the BBC are loosing the plot as seemingly per the media industry (depending on how much attention you pay to 'the media industry'). But they *are* the mee dee arr, pinch of salt etc.

They are funded by the government. The money comes from you, but the penalty for not paying is prison, and the government ensures the prison. So the BBC is funded by the government. Paid for by you, but ensured by the government. That means the BBC won't say anything nasty about the government, because then, the government say "oh no, we're not guaranteeing your income".

(moderately) Left wing that looks like right wing. A supposedly 'free love' organisation, that has a pristine sensible image.The opposite of the Daily Mail. The Saville episode may be relevent for the fact that aunty is not as comfortable a relative as you might think. Moderately left wing, but slightly less irritating than the left-wing Huffngton Post.

The BBC's news flavour is sanguine. That's what you get when you know your income is guaranteed, and not dependent on adverts, sales, or program quality. "It's ok. Everything is ok. We've got our money, so it's ok".

On the majority of news sites, the only decent information comes from user comments.

There is a reason that on the BBC you are only able to comment on around 10% of the articles. That would mean... allowing, THE PUBLIC/the great unwashed to air their views. And that just gets messy, and is definitely not inline with the image the BBC wants to portray. YES, you pay for it, but god, no, don't 'Have Your Say'. On some of the HYS's (which are a nightmare to navigate around, being 'BBC standard', and not like...'normal message boards'. And apparently 'You' is You, which is tricky if someone else decides to have the username of 'You'.) half the comments have been 'removed due to breaking the house rules'. If you're quick enough to have read them before they are removed, you'll realise that most of them are normal conversation, which the beeb deems to be... er..."not up to standard" for their site. If you're quick enough to catch them before they are removed, they are basically the good parts of a conversation down the pub. The pub is 'terribly' low-brow, though, not inline with the BBC cultivated image at all. It does explain why the flavour of the comments on the site is annoyingly..."above board" -- all the interesting comments get removed. If you want a chance at an off-topic comment remaining, try putting something positive about the BBC within the comment.

The have your say section has it's fair share of middle-englanders, who words like 'excellent' a lot ("The BBC is an excellent source of news") and the bbc website is more than geared up for them. If you want lively, vigorous, varied debate, the BBC is not the place for you. As much as I hate to admit it, try the daily mails website. At the BBC, we will have considered, calm, hopefully sanguine discourse specifically of the matters at hand. We encourage discussion, but not "too passionate/enthusiastic" discussion. This is the BBC, of course. Your licence fee provides enough moderators, thank you.

HYS is only available on very select stories. Usually nothing as trivial as brexit or terrorism. It's quite telling that often many of the top-rated comments have been deleted by moderation. If you comment on a different story than the one the HYS is open on, expect a deletion. "You vill comment on ze story in hant". Said in Her Majesties English, of course.

The lack of commenting could be quite concerning if you think about it. Journalists have been known to get their 'facts' wrong, and if there is no immediate way of notifying the public about this, then I believe what you have, is #fakenews. From the BBC of all places. And it's worth noting that the BBC slant on stories does NOT reflect public opinion. Income guaranteed by the government, it reflects the opinion that the government WANTS the public to have.

Left wing slant, whatever you do, don't OFFEND anyone. (someone can be stupid, just don't CALL them stupid. The beeb definitely doesn't call a spade a spade). The BBC is quite influential, you see. Can't have it saying the 'wrong' thing. No no.

The BBC is probably known for 3 things. Eastenders, Top Gear and David Attenborough. Eastenders is just s##t, they've now lost Top Gear, and David Attenborough has just been poached by Netflix. Freeview now gives you 50+ reasonably decent channels. BBC3 has just been taken off the air, (The Beeb couldn't afford to keep BBC3 going. It's blatantly obvious that the corporation has run out of money) BBC4 is on air 7pm until 4am. So for £150/year, you get 2 1/2 TV channels. Apparently they also do some radio.

Good going, beeb. While you're at it, don't commission The Simpsons. And censor any comments about Jimmy Savile on the 'have your say's'. But the band "faithless" once had a record out that mentioned BBC2, so mention that. To the users - be NICE. Remember, it's ok. We've got our income guaranteed.

With regard to television, my opinion is that, certainly for films, broadcast TV is not the future for viewing. Channels paid for by advertising r4pe films with badly timed adverts. The BBC doesn't have adverts? Sometimes... you WANT to pause a film, to get a cup of tea. For films, broadcast TV (advert channels mainly, the BBC can't afford any decent films) is important, but not the future. Having an EPG (electronic program guide) is important. For general viewing, until they reduce the value of freeview to pursuade people to pay for subscription services (Sky, etc), channels like Dave are moderately entertaining. And don't forget the sentence that will make you change channel - "new drama from the BBC".
keythr
225 reviews
951 helpful votes
January 20th, 2011
Very good food and cooking website. (www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/) Thousands of recipes - most linked to the dozens of TV cookery programmes the BBC has hosted over many years. You can search by recipe name or just list ingredients if you need some help with inspiration. Another plus is that they are not full of links trying to sell you stuff. They also cover recipes for special diets. Excellent!
arthurd2
19 reviews
82 helpful votes
August 31st, 2011
What a great service, to be able watch back, online, programs that have aired on the BBC over the last seven days. Really useful if you have a busy social schedule.

They have intergrated it with the Playstation 3 and BT Vision, so now you can use the service through your TV.

One thing that is a little annoying, is that you can only use in when in the UK, which is understandable because it's funded by our licence fee, but it would be nice to use when on holiday.
victoro6
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
December 14th, 2012
This is really great site. It is very trustworthy and reliable source of information. You can find there information about weather, sport and of course news. Also information about entertainment and lifestyle as a food, health, history and nature have their place on this site. You can select from variety information about You can watch it in TV, online or listen in radio. I like it.
huldah1
4 reviews
15 helpful votes
May 24th, 2014
I love this site one of my favoirates. Heart you bbc
johnh47
24 reviews
110 helpful votes
May 2nd, 2011
This website has an enormous amount of information and is one of the five most visited websites in the whole of the UK. It has a good web community and has a very professional online content. It contains the news, weather, sport, entertainment, cookery recipes and the kitchen sink.
It is entirely safe and can be viewed by all ages.
Not only that but I can't think of anything bad to say about it.
Overall - safe and reliable.
simonc33
4 reviews
48 helpful votes
May 29th, 2013
Reliable news. Easy to navigate. Very useful. Recommended to everyone.
phila7
3 reviews
5 helpful votes
November 29th, 2013
Excellent site! Full of great up-to-date information and very easy to use.
jennyc17
3 reviews
10 helpful votes
May 3rd, 2013
So many choices, particularly for education. Brilliant.
rogerg26
6 reviews
12 helpful votes
October 24th, 2013
One of my most favorite news sites, no doubt about it. Has almost everything I need when I need it.

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