BBC Science Focus – Bias and Credibility

Medpage Today - Pro Science - Credible - Reliable - Low Bias

Factual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence-based through the use of credible scientific sourcing.  Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased, and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer-reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic


Founded in 1992, BBC Science Focus is a British monthly magazine covering science and technology. The magazine is published by the Immediate Media Company, which publishes other BBC brands such as BBC Wildlife and BBC History Magazine.

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Funded by / Ownership

BBC Science Focus is owned by Our Media LTD, while the publisher, Immediate Media Company, is owned by German-based media company Hubert Burda Media. Hubert Burda Media owns around 500 media brands worldwide. Advertising and print subscriptions generate revenue.

Analysis / Bias

Science Focus publishes layman’s articles about science, technology, and research. Many articles have headlines that feature questions like Why does writing my own notes help me learn? The website also has a section dedicated to health and medicine with an emphasis on Covid-19 Blood test could predict the likelihood of developing long COVID, study suggests. Articles are properly sourced from government websites and peer-reviewed journals.

Editorially, BBC Science Focus leans left with concern for the environment and climate change, such as this Are we too late to stop climate change? In general, Science Focus is a left-leaning pro-science source.

Failed Fact Checks

  • None in the Last 5 years. They are frequently used as a reference for fact-checkers.

Overall, we rate BBC Science Focus as left-center biased and Pro-Science based on relying on credible peer-reviewed sources. (D. Van Zandt 11/12/2022)


Last Updated on May 14, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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