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The BBC don't work for the British Government, they are a separate organisation with the only Government involvment coming every 10 years when they set the terms for the renewal of the license fee - paid for by all those who own a television set.|
Also, please make the distinction between the BBC (Which broadcasts and/or produces everything from sport, drama, childrens programmes, gardening shows, documentaries, soap operas, comedy, history shows, nature shows - across five national radio stations, countless local radio stations, a massive website and the television channels) and BBC News, which most of you will encounter.
The BBC itself is held in great affection by the British since it was set up in the 1920's and still holds to the outline set up by Lord Reith at the time to 'Entertain, Educate and Inform'. Generally it does and the quality of programming on the BBC is held as far higher than those on rival, commercial broadcasting stations in Britain. It also has the wonderful positive of having no advertisments - so no interruptions to shows, films, sports, etc.
BBC News, although part of the same corporation, suffers from accusations of bias from almost every corner of the globe (Many Israelis and Americans for example believe there is a great BBC bias against them - personally I think too much of BBC News is preoccupied with such countries and tends to ignore what's happening in the BRIC countries), although most of it seems to come from within Britain itself - accusations from the right-wing of politics that BBC News is biased against them, while five minutes later the let-wing will complain they are being biased against them. A news broadcaster that is biased against everyone seems a little far-fetched.
The BBC, if anything, probably suffers from having a few too many metropolitan middle-class liberals within its ranks and, try as they might to be impartial 100% of the time, a certain mindset that comes from being a metropolitan middle-class liberal will no doubt leak through now and then. To their credit though, the BBC are quite open and apologetic when they get things wrong, which might not be said for other broadcasters (Who have also fallen foul of rigged phone-ins - except, unlike the BBC, these commercial broiadcasters charged a lot of money to make the call in the first place).
Not that I want to be a massive defender of the BBC particuarly, as I don't like plenty of stuff they do, nor do I particuarly like paying the license fee, but they have plenty of great, positive stuff about China.
Trust me when I say that BBC News runs far, far, far more negative stories about Britain than it ever has about China.