The American businessman and owner of the Twitter platform, Elon Musk, dealt a blow to the British BBC, classifying it as funded by the government, days after he classified the American network NPR as funded by the US government.
For its part, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) objected to the new designation, which it describes as a “government funded media”, on one of its main Twitter accounts.
She said she was speaking to the social media company about the rating on the @BBC account to “solve this issue as soon as possible”.
It issued a statement saying: “The BBC has been, and always will be, independent. We get our funding from the British public through license fees.”
The £159 ($197) annual license fee, required by law to watch live TV in the UK, is set by the British government and paid by individual British households.