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British Broadcasting Corp

Company report, featuring a PESTLE, Porters Five Forces, 5C, MOST, CATWOE and SWOT analysis

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Company Description

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is headquartered in London, England and was founded in 1922. The BBC is a public service broadcaster with a wide range of products and services, including TV, radio, and online content. They provide news, education, entertainment, and other information to audiences in the UK, Europe, and around the world. The BBC also produces and distributes content for other media outlets.

Industry Overview

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operates in a media industry worth an estimated $2.2 trillion USD globally. The industry employs millions of people around the world, with BBC alone employing more than 23,000 people in the United Kingdom. BBC also has a global presence, with offices and staff members in more than 100 countries. It provides news, entertainment, and other content to a wide range of audiences, including television, radio, and digital platforms.

Industry Classification

In terms of formal classification, Platform Executive has tagged British Broadcasting Corp as a business operating within the Media industry.

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Intellectual Property

Some of the Patents granted to, or relevant to the organisation include the following:

Patent Title: Method for responsible video editing
Patent ID: US10192391B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: System and method for providing augmented reality content
Patent ID: US10191710B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: System and method for providing augmented reality content
Patent ID: US10191708B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: System and method for providing augmented reality content
Patent ID: US10191707B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: System and method for providing augmented reality content
Patent ID: US10191706B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: System and method for providing augmented reality content
Patent ID: US10191705B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: System and method for providing augmented reality content
Patent ID: US10191704B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: System and method for providing augmented reality content
Patent ID: US10191703B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: Method of displaying a video stream
Patent ID: US10191286B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Patent Title: Method of displaying a video stream
Patent ID: US10191285B2
Date: 2020-02-04

Major Products & Services

The main products and/or services commercialised by this business include the following:

  • Television and radio broadcasting services
  • Online streaming services
  • News and information services
  • Red Button interactive services
  • Educational services
  • On-demand content
  • Video-on-demand services
  • Radio production and distribution services
  • Music services
  • Publishing services

Key Competitors

We have identified the following organisations as being key competitors:

  • ITV
  • Sky
  • Channel 4
  • Five
  • National Geographic
  • Discovery Channel
  • Al Jazeera
  • Fox News
  • CNN
  • BBC World News
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Key Stakeholders

Stakeholders are individuals or groups who have an interest in a business and/or are affected by its actions.

These stakeholders can have different requirements and expectations from the business, which must be taken into account when making decisions.

By understanding their stakeholders’ requirements, a business can make informed decisions that benefit all involved.

Below is the list of internal and external stakeholders we have identified for this business:

1. Community Organisations

2. Financial Institutions

3. Industry Associations

4. Customers

5. Shareholders

6. Employees

7. Management

8. Partners

9. Regulators

10. Advocacy groups

11. Government

Value Proposition

A value proposition explains the unique value and/or benefits that an organisation provides to its customers, partners, stakeholders and the overall market. It outlines what makes a company like British Broadcasting Corp different from its competitors, along with what it can offer that key competitors cannot.

A corporate value proposition can be used with the competitive advantages section of this report in order to better understand British Broadcasting Corp and its position within the marketplace.

The value proposition for British Broadcasting Corp. is to provide impartial news and information to the public.

Competitive Advantages

Competitive advantages are unique attributes, strategies, resources, or capabilities that allow an organisation to outperform its competitors and achieve superior market position and profitability.

Competitive advantages for the business include the following:

Established Reputation: The BBC has been around since 1922 and is widely recognised as a trusted and reliable source of news, entertainment and information. This has given them a competitive advantage over other media outlets by creating a reputation of quality and reliability.

Worldwide Reach: The BBC has a global reach, broadcasting in more than 200 countries across the world. This gives them an edge over their competitors by allowing them to reach a much larger audience.

Diverse Content: The BBC produces a wide range of content ranging from news, sports, drama, documentaries, radio programmes and more. This allows them to cater to a wide variety of audiences and interests.

Financial Stability: The BBC is financially secure due to its license fee-funded model, allowing it to produce high-quality content without having to worry about the bottom line. This gives them an edge over other media outlets.

Public Service: The BBC is committed to providing a public service and delivering unbiased, accurate news and information to its audiences. This allows them to remain impartial and provide a service to the public.

Customers & Cohorts

As part of this competitive intelligence study, we have identified the main customers of the organisation.

These include the following cohorts:

  • Viewers
  • Listeners
  • Online users
  • Sponsors
  • Advertisers
  • Donors
  • Partners
  • Suppliers
  • Staff
  • Subscribers

Market Trends

Market trends can impact an organisation by influencing consumer behavior, altering supply and demand dynamics, and affecting the organisation's ability to remain competitive in the market.

As part of this study, we have identified a number of potential short-term to medium-term trends that could impact the organisation. These include the following:

Key Market Trends
Growing Competition: As the media industry continues to expand and evolve, competition for viewers and advertising dollars is increasing. This means that the BBC will face more competition from both traditional and digital media outlets. Additionally, the emergence of streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV+ could pose a significant threat to the BBC's traditional broadcast business model.

Shifting Consumer Behaviour: Younger generations are increasingly consuming content on their own terms, with many relying on streaming services for their entertainment needs. This could lead to a decline in traditional broadcast viewership, and the BBC will need to adjust its content strategy to remain competitive.

Digital Advertising: Advertising revenue is critical for the BBC, and digital advertising is becoming increasingly important. The BBC will need to embrace digital advertising platforms to remain competitive and continue to generate revenue.

New Technology: Over the coming years, new technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence could revolutionize the media industry. The BBC will need to stay on top of these developments and position itself to take advantage of these opportunities.

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators

Below is a list of KPI's that we have identified as being strategically relevant to this organisation:

Financials (BETA)

The key financials for British Broadcasting Corp include income statements, which can be found in their annual reports. These financial statements provide information on the organisation's financial performance and health, including revenue, expenses, and profits. This information, along with other indicators are used by investors, analysts and other stakeholders to evaluate the company's performance and future prospects.

Where a financial does not match, we have included those of the parent company (if a listed entity). If the financials are missing please contact us and we will prioritise the update.

Key Financials

Key Personnel

Income Statement


Top-level corporate stats and financial highlights for the listed entity, include:

Share Performance

Below is the current (EOD) share performance for the company, or its listed parent:

Potential Products/Services

As part of this study we have attempted to prognosticate potential products and/or services this organisation could develop in the short to medium-term.

BBC Live Streaming: BBC could offer live streaming of their content to customers who want to watch shows or events as they happen.

BBC On Demand Video: BBC could offer a video-on-demand service, allowing customers to watch BBC content whenever they want.

BBC Apps: BBC could create apps for different platforms (iOS, Android, Windows) that allow users to access BBC content on their mobile devices.

BBC News Subscription: BBC could offer a subscription service that gives users access to all of their latest news content.

BBC Podcasts: BBC could create podcasts that offer audio versions of their content to listeners.

BBC Online Courses: BBC could create online courses that teach users about a variety of topics, from history to science.

BBC Merchandise: BBC could create merchandise such as mugs, t-shirts, and hats for fans of their shows.

BBC Books: BBC could create books based on their shows and other content, providing fans with additional information and insight.

Potential Synergies

Using our product and portfolio-matching algorithm, we have determined that the following organisations have potential synergies with the company:

1. Apple
2. Netflix
3. Amazon
4. Google
5. Microsoft
6. Sky
7. ITV
8. Channel 4
9. BBC Worldwide
10. Viacom

Porter's Five Forces

Created by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in 1979, Porter's Five Forces model is designed to help analyse the particular attractiveness of an industry; evaluate investment options; and better assess the competitive environment.

The five forces are as follows:

  • Competitive rivalry
  • Supplier power
  • Buyer power
  • Threat of substitution
  • Threat of new entries

1. The bargaining power of buyers: The BBC has a large number of potential buyers for its products and services, which gives it considerable bargaining power.

2. The bargaining power of suppliers: The BBC has a limited number of suppliers, which gives it considerable bargaining power.

3. The threat of new entrants: The BBC faces a LOW threat of new entrants, as the broadcasting market is already quite saturated.

4. The threat of substitute products: The BBC faces a LOW threat of substitute products, as its products and services are unique.

5. The competitive rivalry within the industry: The BBC faces a MODERATE level of competitive rivalry, as there are a number of other broadcasters in the market.

PESTLE Analysis

This PESTLE analysis is a strategic planning tool that assesses key external factors affecting the organisation, including the following:

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Technological
  • Legal
  • Environmental

Each of these factors is analysed to determine their impact on the organisations strategy, objectives, and operations.

By utilising a PESTLE analysis, the organisation can make better decisions and develop strategies to address potential risks and opportunities.

PESTLE Analysis

CATWOE Analysis


The CATWOE analysis is used to investigate each stakeholders perspectives in order to enable the business to make informed decisions.

The CATWOE analysis is a problem-solving tool consisting of six elements:

  • Customers
  • Actors
  • Transformation process
  • World view
  • Owners
  • Environmental constraints

We view the CATWOE as being most useful when used in conjunction with other problem-solving tools such as a SWOT analysis.

Customers: The customers of British Broadcasting Corp are the people of the United Kingdom and international viewers who watch the BBC's television and radio services, as well as users of the BBC's online services.

Actors: The actors who are involved in the BBC include the employees, the shareholders, the government, and the customers. The employees are responsible for providing the services that the customers rely on, while the shareholders are responsible for investing in the organisation. The government provides funding and regulation for the BBC, and the customers are the end users of the services that the BBC provides.

Transformation process: The transformation process at the BBC involves creating content and delivering it to the customers. This includes creating television and radio programs, and providing online services, such as streaming content, news articles, and other information. The BBC also engages with customers by responding to feedback and providing customer service.

World view: The world view of the BBC is one of providing quality content and services to the people of the United Kingdom and international viewers. The BBC strives to provide unbiased information and entertainment, and to be a leader in media innovation.

Owners: The BBC is owned by the government of the United Kingdom, and is funded primarily by the television licence fee paid by households. It also receives some funding from advertising and sponsorship.

Environmental constraints: The BBC is subject to a number of environmental constraints, including competition from other broadcasters, changing consumer tastes and preferences, technological advances, and government regulation. It must also contend with a limited budget and resources.

SWOT Analysis

This SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool used to assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the British Broadcasting Corp business.

When creating this SWOT the team at Platform Executive have taken into consideration the corporate strategy; brand; key financials; the competitive landscape; along with the products and/or services offered.

To offer increased context for future innovation and product development we also consider the historical context for the business and industry; and perceived direction of travel.

Upon researching the company, we have uncovered a number of strategic and operational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

SWOT Analysis


Below is a list of the strengths we have identified for the business:

1. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a world-renowned public service broadcaster with a reputation for high-quality news and programming.

2. The BBC operates on a scale that is unrivalled by any other broadcaster, with a global reach that extends to more than 200 countries.

3. The BBC has a strong track record in innovation, with a number of world-firsts to its credit including the launch of the world’s first regular television service in 1936.

4. The BBC is also a major cultural force, with a wide range of popular programmes and events that are enjoyed by millions of people around the world.


Below is a list of opportunities we have identified for the business:

1. Leverage existing content and create new content to develop BBC's digital presence across multiple platforms such as BBC iPlayer and BBC News. This will help attract new viewers and increase engagement with existing audiences.

2. Strengthen BBC's collaboration with other media outlets and international partners to create content that appeals to a wider demographic. This will help BBC increase its reach and viewership.

3. Expand BBC's local news operations to better serve its regional audiences. This will help BBC build relationships with local communities and create more localized content.

4. Invest in technology to improve the user experience on BBC's online services. This will help BBC stay competitive and offer a better experience for its users.


Below is a list of the weaknesses we have identified for the business:

1. Lack of agility: The BBC is a large and bureaucratic organisation, which can make it slow to adapt to change.

2. Fragmented structure: The BBC is organised into a number of different divisions and directorates, which can make decision-making and strategy-setting difficult.

3. Lack of commercial focus: The BBC has a public service remit and is not primarily driven by commercial considerations. This can make it difficult to compete in the marketplace.

4. Funding pressure: The BBC is funded primarily by the licence fee, which is under pressure from technological change and economic conditions. This can limit the BBC's ability to invest in new content and services.


Below is a list of the threats we have identified for the business:

1. Increase in competition from streaming services: Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu have taken a large portion of the traditional television market share, and this trend is expected to continue to grow. This poses a strategic threat to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as it may struggle to remain competitive and attract viewers.

2. Decrease in government funding: The BBC is largely funded by annual fees paid by UK households, however this is decreasing as more viewers are switching to streaming services. This poses an operational threat as the BBC may be unable to fund the same quality of services without sufficient income.

3. Decline in advertising revenue: Advertising revenue is a major source of income for the BBC, however this has decreased in recent years due to the growing popularity of streaming services. This poses a major threat to the BBC as it may struggle to cover the costs of producing content.

4. Lack of innovative content: To remain competitive, the BBC needs to produce innovative content that viewers are interested in. However, there is a risk that the BBC may struggle to keep up with the rapid changes in viewer preferences and tastes, resulting in a lack of new and exciting content. This poses a strategic threat to the BBC as viewers may switch to other services if they become bored with the content offered.

5C Analysis

The 5C Analysis is a marketing framework that can be used to provide insight into the key drivers of success, as well as the risk exposure to various environmental factors.
This (concise) 5C analysis examines the external and internal environment for British Broadcasting Corp. It includes analysing the company's customers, competitors, collaborators, context, and capabilities. We have produced this short analysis to identify potential opportunities and threats to British Broadcasting Corp, as well as areas where the company needs to improve its operations or strategy.
Company: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a public service broadcaster in the United Kingdom. It is the world's oldest national broadcaster, and is one of the largest media organisations in the world, employing around 23,000 staff in the UK alone.

Collaborators: The BBC works with many outside organisations and partners, including commercial broadcasters, production companies, the UK government and other public service broadcasters. It also has many international collaborations, such as with the US broadcaster PBS.

Customers: The BBC's customers are the UK public, who are required to pay a licence fee in order to watch its programming. The BBC also sells its content to other broadcasters and streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Competitors: The BBC competes with other UK broadcasting companies, such as ITV and Channel 4, as well as with international broadcasters and streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Content: The BBC produces a range of content, including news and current affairs, television programmes, radio programmes, children's content, documentaries, sports and light entertainment. The BBC also hosts the world's longest running news programme, Newsnight.
5C Analysis

MOST Analysis

MOST Analysis

The MOST analysis framework is commonly used to identify an organisation's strategic goals, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan to achieve its objectives. This analysis helps organisations to focus on what they want to achieve and how to achieve it, while also identifying potential roadblocks or obstacles that may arise along the way.

  • Mission
  • Objectives
  • Strategy
  • Tactics

We have created this analysis from a 3rd person perspective.

Innovation Scorecard

As part of our research and analysis activity, the team at Platform Executive assesses and then benchmarks businesses and the industry verticals in which they operate using a proprietary scoring mechanism.

First, we allocate a score of A-E for the industry vertical, gauged on the key organisations operating within the space; and then score the individual business using a 1-5 score.

A score of D-E within an industry means that it is potentially ripe to be disrupted by a new entrant into the marketplace; and/or vulnerable to technological change.

Likewise, a high score of 4-5 for the company in question indicates that in the view of the analysis team it lags behind notable businesses in terms of innovation and product pipeline.

Innovation Scorecard

Below is a guide to each score:

Industry score:

A The industry is amongst the most innovative; with the leading players all driving the sector forward.
Example industry: PaaS
B The industry and its leading players have a good track record of innovation; and can quickly react to change.
Example industry: Pharmaceutical
C Companies operating within the sector have adequate levels of innovation; and engage in R&D activities when appropriate.
Example industry: FMCG
DBusinesses operating in the industry do not invest enough time and resource into innovation. The sector is stagnant and a good candidate for disruption.
Example industry: Retail Banking
E The major players in the sector seem to lack suitable product development roadmaps; and as a result the sector is highly vulnerable to industry change.
Example industry: Publishing


Company score:

1 The business is amongst the leading players in terms innovation and product pipeline. This will fulfil and reinforce the operations of the business in the medium to long-term.
2 The business has a good track record of innovation, in terms of its products and/or its business model. It is therefore more likely to be able to react and adapt to any changes to the industry.
3 The business is deemed to have an adequate innovation plan, build on research and development and sustainability where appropriate. The business has a product development strategy.
4The business needs to invest more resource and/or intellectual capital in product development, pipelines and/or its business model. The business is at risk of stagnation.
5 The business seems to lack a suitable product development roadmap; and as a result is vulnerable to any notable industry change and/or new entrants in the marketplace.
The team at Platform Executive has judged British Broadcasting Corp as having an innovation score of D2.


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The changelog for this report can be found below, complete with the next scheduled update:

v1.1: Initial load of report
Date: 1st March 2023

Key Financials added (BETA)
Date: 17th March 2023

Next scheduled update: 18th April 2023

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