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BBC marks 100 years

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The UK national broadcaster, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), marked 100 years on Oct. 18 at a time of radical change in the UK.

The broadcaster was founded by a group of wireless manufacturers and it began filling the airwaves with its first daily radio service. The BBC is marking its centenary with some special programs, including a guest appearance from King Charles III.

Other royal milestones include the time in 1932, when King George V was the first British monarch to broadcast on radio, and his voice was heard around the world. The centenary milestone comes at a time of crisis in British politics with a third prime minister in just four months.

The Queen’s passing in August was another historical moment for the broadcaster where there was a black theme for the staff. Early this month, the BBC announced it was laying off 400 workers as part of cost cutting measures due to economic hard times that have not spared the media company.

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