I got this below from the BBC so are you saying because the BBC applies for EU grants it is under the EU control??
Would that not mean the anyone who gets EU grants eg farmers etc are also under EU control?
as the UK’s Department for International Development. Research and Development is the biggest donor does that mean they also control BBC…
In general as you saying that anyone who donate money to an organisation is in control of it??
BBC public service news programmes are not allowed to take any external funding, including from the EU.
World Service is also now funded by the licence fee, although the UK government has agreed to pay for some new services.
There are three areas that do not influence BBC editorial policy that benefit from EU money
BBC Media Action
BBC Media Action is independent from the BBC - it is an international development charity set up by the BBC. In 2014-15 it received 5% of its funding from the EU, which was £2.3m.
Its biggest donor was the UK’s Department for International Development.
Research and Development
The BBC applies for grants to help fund its research into broadcasting technology that has contributed to developments such as Freeview and DAB digital radio.
Last year it received a grant of €607,953 (£472,197).