A nice concise summary of what the BBC is by Travis Holte, from LRC Blog at Lewrockwell.com (1/22/2013):
The BBC Is a Plague on Man
Each year the serfs of the UK are coerced out of billions to fund the British Broadcasting Corporation. What do they get for their money? How about a children's presenter who turns out to be a satanic pedophile? They got about forty years of that guy. They also get an unquestioning government mouthpiece for all its wars, a propaganda arm of the State for pretty much anything the oligarchs want. If you are a Malthusian you can expect a long and illustrious career for the BBC. If it turns out you are not, they'll snuff you out. Need further evidence of their ties to the State? Check out this story on the MI5 vetting their prospective hires.