It's not news to us, of course, that BBC Media Action has received money directly from the EU in the past, but, nonetheless, it's still surprising to learn that it's still going on:
Revealed: How BBC charity was paid MILLIONS by EU Commission
THE BBC continues to face criticism over alleged bias in its election coverage, Express.co.uk can reveal that the broadcaster’s charitable arm BBC Media Action received more than £3million directly from Brussels in the financial year 2017-18.
By MARTINA BET
A spokesman for BBC Media action told Express.co.uk: “In the financial year 2017-18, BBC Media Action received approximately £3.1million from the European Commission. This funding has gone to programmes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, North Africa, South Sudan and Ukraine. BBC Media Action is an independent charity which is not funded from the BBC licensing fee."
Even though the charity claims to be fully independent from the state broadcaster, its board members are not only nominated by the BBC but its chair, Fran Unsworth, is the Director of News & Current Affairs for BBC News.