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August 26, 1985

Britain's domestic intelligence agency, MI5, regularly provides the British Broadcasting Corp. with background material on "subversives" involved in industrial disputes and radical groups suspected of terrorist activity, the Observer newspaper reported. The London newspaper said BBC executives have acknowledged that the material could have an effect on news coverage, raising more questions about the network's independence. Earlier, the Observer disclosed that MI5 routinely conducts background checks on BBC job candidates.

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