Concepts of the appropriate role for journalism vary between countries. In some nations, the news media are controlled by government intervention and are not fully independent. In others, the news media are independent of the government but instead operate as private industry motivated by profit. In addition to the varying nature of how media organizations are run and funded, countries may have differing implementations of laws handling the freedom of speech and libel cases.
BBC News 24 is the BBC's 24 hour rolling news television channel in the United Kingdom. The channel launched on 9 November 1997 at 17:30. As a major part of the BBC News department, the channel is based at and broadcast from the News Centre within BBC Television Centre in West London. BBC News 24 launched as part of the BBC's foray into digital domestic television channels, becoming the first competitor to Sky News which had been running since 1989. Since then, with several relaunches, an increase in funding and resources from the BBC and improvements in digital television technology, the channel has been able to diversify content, with two minute looped bulletins available to view via BBCi, BBC News Online and the BBC's mobile website, alongside individual weather and sport bulletins. Since May 2007, the channel is also available to view through the BBC News website through a live stream. The channel was named RTSNews Channel of the Year in 2006 - a first for the channel after 5 years.
The liberty of the press is the birthright of a Briton, and is justly esteemed the firmest bulwark of the liberties of this country. It has been the terror of all bad ministers; for their dark and dangerous designs, of their weakness, inability, and duplicity, have thus been detected and shown to the public, generally in too strong and just colors for them to bear up against the odium of mankind. ... A wicked and corrupt administration must naturally dread this appeal to the world; and will be for keeping all the means of information from the prince, parliament, and people.