The BBC was founded (1922)
The British Broadcasting Company, as the BBC was originally called, was formed in 1922 by a group of leading wireless manufacturers. Daily broadcasting by the BBC began in the London studio. It is the world’s oldest national broadcaster, and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, employing over 22,000 staff in total. From its inception, through the Second World War (where its broadcasts helped to unite the nation), to the popularisation of television in the post-WW2 era and the internet in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the BBC has played a prominent role in British life and culture.