The BBC holds its unrivalled position of being the world’s oldest and largest broadcasting corporation closely followed by CNN. While the former is available to more than 274 million users across the globe, the latter caters to approximately 200 million people worldwide. By and far, both the broadcasting organizations have their head offices in two different English speaking countries, consequently employing numerous journalists.
Researchers have, however, observed that the BBC has accentuated in popularity among the global users, notwithstanding its defalcations, as compared to CNN. In fact, some people from the United States have been frank enough to express their preference for the BBC to get live news updates. A few have also stated that they would rather prefer the prestigious New York Times, or the Washington Post to CNN.
Moreover, the BBC has become more popular outside Britain than CNN outside America. A large number of viewers prefer the BBC channel, since it has been successful in its mission “to inform, educate and entertain” everyone. It has also overshadowed Reuters, which had been the first, and foremost channel to report on Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
On the other hand, CNN came into limelight during the Gulf War in 1991 when it aired the live telecast of the US, and allied forces relentlessly bombarding Baghdad. The channel’s fame got further catapulted with the broadcast of the shocking carnage, and the aftermath, which followed after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
The CNN, however, has failed to scale popularity heights because of being US-centric. The BBC does a commendable job by broadcasting live news feeds worldwide.
The CNN has been criticized, since its anchors are keen on projecting themselves during the shows rather than presenting engaging news. The BBC personalities do justice to their shows, since they focus on presenting the facts. It has also been observed that the BBC anchors are adept at interviewing their guests in coherent, and incisive manner. These live shows are very interesting, and viewers remain glued to their monitors till the end. The CNN anchors need to brush up their skills in this respect so as to be at par with their British counterparts.
The CNN has veered from its objective of broadcasting global news. It is jaded with celebrity gossips and advertisements. It is, however, deemed for its remarkable coverage of technology, health, diet and travel portals. Also, CNN’s website is copious with articles related to Facebook, Apple, and Google whereas bbc.co.uk is archaic in this respect.