Gates Foundation Discloses Grant to BBC Charity Arm

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has granted $19.9 million to the BBC World Service Trust, the global network’s charity arm, according to records recently published online by the foundation. This follows a piece in the Seattle Times that questioned the foundation’s media strategy and its relation to journalists’ objectivity.

The grant was approved in December but was only disclosed Mar. 2, the Puget Sound Business Journal says. The Seattle-based journal notes that this grant appears to be the Gates Foundation’s largest endowment to a media organization.

The grant was not mentioned in the Seattle Times article, the journal notes, while speculating that the Times may not have been aware of the grant when it published the article.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.