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BBC Monitoring is a division of the British Broadcasting Corporation that monitors the mass media worldwide and acts as the British Government's provider of open source intelligence (OSINT). It is based at Caversham Park in Caversham, near Reading in southern England, and selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages. It has overseas offices in Moscow, Nairobi, Kiev, Baku and Tashkent. Image File history File links BBCmonitoringident. ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... The United Kingdom is a unitary state and a democratic constitutional monarchy. ... Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) is an intelligence gathering discipline that involves collecting information from open sources and analyzing it to produce usable intelligence. ... Caversham Park is a historic house with parkland in the suburb of Caversham, on the outskirts of Reading, England. ... Caversham is a suburb in the unitary authority of Reading, England, although, historically, Caversham was part of Oxfordshire. ... Reading is a town and unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) in the English county of Berkshire. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi   - Water (%) Population... A selection of newspapers A newspaper is a publication containing news and information and advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called newsprint. ... In journalism, news agencies are bodies established to supply news reports to newspapers, magazines, and radio and television broadcasters. ... This article describes a type of political entity. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, lying on the Nairobi River in the south of the nation. ... Location Map of Ukraine with Kiev highlighted. ... Municipality: Baku Area: 1000 km² Altitude: -28 m Population: 2,074,300 census 2003 Population density: 1280 persons/km² Postal Code: AZ1000 Area code: 012 Municipality code: BA Latitude: 41° 01 52 N Longitude: 21° 20 25 E Mayor: Hajibala Abutalybov The Baku region. ... Tashkent Tashkent (Toshkent or Тошкент in Uzbek, Ташкент in Russian; its name translates from Uzbek to Stone City in English. ...


Although nominally and administratively part of the BBC, BBC Monitoring does not receive any licence fee money and is instead funded directly by its stakeholders as well as by subscriptions from official and commercial bodies throughout the world. Customers for BBC Monitoring's services include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Defence Intelligence Staff, and other government bodies and intelligence agencies. A television licence is an official licence required in some countries for all owners of a television receiver. ... A stakeholder was originally a person who holds money or other property while its owner is being determined. ... The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, seen from St. ... The Defence Intelligence Staff is part of the United Kingdoms Ministry of Defence. ... Intelligence (abbreviated or ) is the process and the result of gathering information and analyzing it to answer questions or obtain advance warnings needed to plan for the future. ...


BBC Monitoring shares the task of global OSINT collection with its US counterpart, the Foreign Broadcast Information Service, now known as the Open Source Center, a division of the Central Intelligence Agency. Information gathered is pooled under an intelligence sharing agreement dating from 1946, and is made available to a number of governments worldwide via the Open Source Information System (OSIS). Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) is an open source intelligence component of the CIAs Directorate of Science and Technology that monitors, translates, and disseminates within the US Government openly available news and information from non-US media sources. ... The Open Source Center, based at CIA, is intended to improve the availability of open sources of information to the all-source analysts who normally deal largely with secrets alone. ... The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an intelligence agency of the United States Government. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Open Source Information System (OSIS) is an unclassified network serving the intelligence community with open source intelligence. ...


History of BBC Monitoring

The organisation was formed in 1939 to provide the British Government access to foreign media and propaganda. It provided the government with valuable information during World War II, particularly in places where foreign journalists are banned. The organisation played an important role in helping observers keep track of developments during the Cold War, the disintegration of the Iron Curtain and collapse of the Soviet Union. Also monitored were the Yugoslav wars and the Middle East. At the moment it plays a key role in providing the UK and US governments with information on such trouble spots as Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea. 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The United Kingdom is a unitary state and a democratic constitutional monarchy. ... Propaganda is a specific type of message presentation directly aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of people, rather than impartially providing information. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Combatants Communists: Warsaw Pact, Soviet Union and its allied Anti-communists: Nato, United States and its allied Peoples Republic of China and its allied Casualties 70 millions civilians The Cold War (Russian: Холодная Война Kholodnaya Voina) was the protracted geopolitical, ideological, and economic struggle that emerged after World War II between... Countries behind the Iron Curtain are shaded red. ... The Yugoslav wars were a series of violent conflicts in the territory of the former Yugoslavia that took place between 1991 and 2001. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ...


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Annual Review 2005/2006 | A Year in Review | BBC Monitoring (681 words)
A long period of uncertainty over the future funding of BBC Monitoring came to an end during a year when editorial and production teams provided a crucial insight into turbulent regions of the world, such as the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan and parts of the former Soviet Union.
Following funding uncertainties, a review was commissioned by the Cabinet Office, which has since taken over from the FCO as BBC Monitoring’s lead stakeholder.The outcome has been a five-year agreement with an overall increase in funding amounting to an average of £23.8m per year until 2010/11.
BBC Monitoring supplies political and economic news, information and comment gathered from the mass media around the world.
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