In 1987 A&E launched Biography as a documentary TV Series that depicts the life of notable people. According to Deadline, in 2013, A&E Networks rebranded the Bio Channel to Lifestyle Channel “FYI.” In 2014 A&E Networks and Say Media partnered, and currently, Biography.com serves as a website portal for the series. Paul Buccieri is the President & Chairman of A+E Networks Group.
Funded by / Ownership
A&E Television Networks, a joint venture of The Hearst Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, and ABC TV group, owns and publishes the Biography website through San Francisco-based SAY Media (video advertising company). Hearst corporation also owns newspapers, magazines, and TV channels; for example, Hearst owns the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Biography publishes information on the lives and careers of “notable figures in the history of entertainment, sports, arts, science, politics, and warfare” Biography.com editors typically specialize in entertainment and celebrity journalism.
When publishing biographies, Biography.com often sources to itself and the History Channel, which is part of A+E Network here or A&E here. A&E and the History Channel tend to interview people close to the subject to give their perspective on the person; therefore, generally, the biographies are reported factually and with minimal bias. For example, when covering political figures such as Donald Trump Jr., they provide examples of his controversies, like meeting with the Russians but do editorialize the content. In general, there is little bias, and all information is sourced correctly.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years. They are used as a reference by IFCN fact-checkers.
Overall, we rate biography.com Least Biased based on minimal editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 06/01/2022)
Last Updated on June 1, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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