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EU Broadcasting Corporation: BBC impartiality fears over secret MILLIONS from Brussels

THE BBC was today branded the “EU Broadcasting Corporation” after it emerged it has pocketed millions of pounds of undeclared European Union cash over the last three years.

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The BBC was given £352,750 for a drone research project

Questions are raging over how the BBC can maintain the impartiality of its Brexit coverage at the same time as pocketing jaw-dropping sums of cash from Eurocrats in Brussels.The Beeb has raked in more than £300,000 worth of EU grants since the referendum alone, with the money being paid out for “research projects” carried out by BBC staff.

Critics today blasted the astonishing payments and accused the public broadcaster of being “greedy” for EU cash despite receiving billions a year from UK taxpayers. The BBC insisted the cash has “no influence” on the editorial content of its news programmes.The row blew up after it emerged that Brussels has agreed to hand £352,750 to the taxpayer-funded broadcaster for its role in a research project.

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The BBC is involved in five EU-backed research projects

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The Multidrone project will cost the EU more than £5million

‘Multidrone’ is described as an “innovative, intelligent, multi-drone platform for media production to cover outdoor events, which are typically held over wide areas”.Costing £5.3 million, the project is being coordinated by the University of Bristol, who have been awarded a whopping £1,207,518 grant to carry out the research.

But the Beeb has also been awarded a share of the funding, sparking furious complaints from Leave voters who claim the funding is a conflict of interest which may influence the way the broadcaster covers Brexit.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen fumed: “It beggars belief that the BBC hasn’t declared this funding, instead saying people should ask the EU. It’s far from transparent.“They already get about £4billion of taxpayers’ money each year. It seems astonishingly greedy for them to be sniffing around for this extra cash.

“If they’re taking any funds from outside the UK they need to declare it, otherwise it’s a clear conflict of interest.

“They are still the British Broadcasting Corporation. Sometimes I think they might have become the EU Broadcasting Corporation, especially given some of their hopelessly biased content.”

Sometimes I think they might have become the EU Broadcasting Corporation, especially given some of their hopelessly biased content.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen

He added: “The BBC has a pro-EU leaning. But the fact they refuse to declare this money they’ve had pre- and post-referendum only raises further suspicions. It runs to millions and millions of pounds.“The BBC is a publicly-funded body and should have the transparency it demands from other entities.

“If I were taking money from a foreign donor, that would be illegal. And yet the BBC can get away with it.”

The Multidrone project, part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 initiative, is one of five similar EU-backed projects the BBC is involved in.

Although the broadcaster has not publicly declared the funding, all cash received by the Beeb is available to view on the EU website.

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Critics say the cash could affect the way the Beeb covers Brexit news

A BBC spokesperson said: “Details of funding are published by the EU for all to see.“We have strict rules in place to ensure that any external funding we receive does not comprise our editorial impartiality or integrity – and BBC News does not receive any grant funding from the EU.

“This funding is for a Research and Development project co-ordinated by Bristol University looking at the use of drones for media production to cover outdoor events – and it will benefit the wider industry.

“It has no influence on editorial impartiality.”

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Jane Davies
Jane Davies

A bit puzzled why my comment got a thumbs down when it conveys the same opinion as the rest!

Jeremy Wraith
Jeremy Wraith

The BBC is allegedly the UK’s longest running fraud. It was used by the Tory Heath government in 1972 to promote Britain’s entry into the EEC and ever since then it has been actively supporting the EU and the euro for well over 40 years. This has been done using licence payers money fraudulently, as it is against their Royal Charter and their legal obligation to be “impartial” and they have failed to “inform” the public. The BBC mainly does this by censoring bad news about the EU. When, for instance have they done an in depth analysis of the… Read more »


The BBC should be binned in its entirety in my opinion, it is nothing other than a bad expensive joke now, And a home for aging protected pedophiles. Perhaps they should be moved on to purely pay to view basis and abolishing the license fee altogether, so that people can then chose to opt out of their services(?) if they want to. I loathe the Biased Broadcasting corporation and I never take any notice of their current affairs or news programs, which are nearly always edited, or just a snippet taken out of context to give the slant they want… Read more »

Jane Davies
Jane Davies

See how the elite treat the taxpayers? With complete contempt, we have known that the BBC are in the EU pocket and receiving money from this corrupt organisation for a while now and they really think we cannot see that this compromises their integrity? That because they say it doesn’t we should just swallow it? Here in Canada one chooses the channels one wishes to watch and we pay only for them, it is way past time that UK citizens were also given this choice….if one does not want the BBC channels then they should not be forced to pay,… Read more »

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