The ÃÂ£61.1m BBC News channel budget is funded by the ÃÂ£3,596m Television Licence Fee, and represents 1.7% of all BBC spending.
Is the channel live, pre-recorded, new content or repeats?
The BBC News channels is a live broadcast, with some pre-recorded shows in the weekend schedule, which are pre-empted when there is serious breaking news.
What's the channel's unique selling point?
The most popular television news channel in the UK from the most respected and trusted news broadcaster.
The programme schedule
Shares with BBC One for Breakfast (6am-8:30am) another main daily bulletins (1pm, 6pm, 10pm). The rest of the daytime schedule is a combination of rolling news (back-to-back bulletins) and breaking news (live events), with mainly rolling news overnight.
The bits to avoid
As a single UK-wide channel, there is no TV regional news service, but a text round-up can be found by pressing the Red Button.
Prefer Sky news which is of course in HD. Some of the discusions are deeper than the rather shallow BBC coverage. I thought Sky's coverage in Libia was amazing. The BBC has cut back on its journalists and it certainly shows.
You said in your post that it is the most trusted news broadcaster. The revalations about the missleading reporting in Panarama hardly supports that position.
One thing I don't like about the BBC is their reporting of medical advances. They are always reported as "breakthroughs" which they rarely are. For instance many advances in drugs have very minor improvements.
The other area the BBC is bad at is science. Minor advances again are given "breakthough" treatment often with some meaningless reference to the origin of the universe.
Trevor Harris: I was referencing to the independent research provided to Ofcom (and the Leveson Enquiry) that showed the BBC was the most trusted supplier of news - http://stakeholders.ofcom….pdf . See in particular "Figure 5: Single source turned to for impartial and accurate coverage" and "Figure 6: range of perspectives shown by different sources of news".
It is always important to not conflate your own personal opinion with impartial research, of course.
Actually Brianist I would hardly consider that Ofcom sponsered research is impartial. I remember that Ofcom held a public consultation into droping the bitrates on DAB. The result was a massive public support against the proposal so Ofcom did its own "research" which of course came to the opposite conclusion. That's how we ended up which such a awfull system. With any research its important to know who is paying for it.