The corporation has received the staggering amount of cash from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Development projects, as revealed in a freedom of information request.
The money has been used for things like ultra-high definition filming and 3D broadcasting.
Funding received from the EU was as follows:
BBC Director-General Tony Hall
Figures for the current financial year are not yet available as it is still ongoing and the figures have not yet been audited.
While the majority of funding from the EU goes on R&D projects, some money is used for programmes broadcast across the BBC which come from the EU Media programme, with funds coming from the European Regional Development Fund.
The money for programming is not given directly to the BBC itself but independent production companies that make programmes for the BBC are eligible.
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The revelation that the BBC has got millions of pounds from the EU goes a long way to explaining the cultural bias the BBC has displaced over many years
Conservative MP for Monmouth David Davies
Since the Brexit referendum the BBC has picked up 352,750 euros for its Horizon 2020 project which is a platform for multi-drone media production for covering outdoor events.
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But the amount of benefit the BBC has gained from the EU has fallen over the years.
Projects that have benefitted from this fund include Channel 4’s popular 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire.
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The BBC has come under fire a number of times over its recent Brexit and EU referendum coverage.
An investigation by Newswatch in March last year revealed the corporation showed bias towards the Remain camp after it analysed 40 editions of its flagship current affairs show Newsnight between January 16 and March 12 last year.
Former Tory Minister Ann Widdecombe, writing in the Daily Express in May, said the BBC showed “arrogant disregard for balance in the debate over the EU referendum”.
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Conservative MP David Davies also blasted the corporation during a Westminster debate in September and called the BBC’s reporting since the June EU referendum as “an absolute disgrace” saying the broadcaster was “somewhat left of centre”.
A group of MPs also wrote to the BBC Director-General Tony Hall in October to express their concerns over coverage of the EU referendum.
And analysis of a series of broadcasts on Radio 4 found listeners were two-and-a-half times more likely to hear a pro-EU speaker than a speaker who was anti-EU.
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Conservative MP for Monmouth David Davies told Express.co.uk: “The revelation that the BBC has got millions of pounds from the EU goes a long way to explaining the cultural bias the BBC has displaced over many years.
“From linking Brexit to hate crime to left-wing comedians who made fun of the main Brexit campaigners there is an inbuilt bias there.
“The BBC needs to start reflecting the ordinary Britain.”
Jayne Adye, Director of cross-party campaign group Get Britain Out, said: “The BBC already gets an enormous amount of money from the Great British Public, and it is extraordinary to see it getting even more by the EU backdoor.
“I’m sure the BBC doesn’t need the Government to step in to replace this funding, as it already has its hands on plenty of Licence fee-payers’ cash.
“A post-Brexit Britain has far more worthy causes on which to spend the £20billion we currently send to the EU every year.
“Remain campaigners claimed throughout the EU Referendum that the EU spent British taxpayers’ money in a better way than our elected representatives. In reality, our enormous contributions to the EU are wasted on pointless projects such as this.
“The BBC is supposed to be impartial and should not be receiving money from those it is supposed to scrutinise.
“We want to have a BBC which gives all sides of the debate a fair hearing, while providing value for money, and not to be any part of a Brussels Broadcasting Corporation.”
The BBC admitted that funding “may be a factor in determining the location of productions but not their content or commissioning decisions.”
BBC Broadcasting House in London
The corporation also stressed news programmes were barred from taking any external funding to ensure it had no impact on “editorial decisions”.
A BBC spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Details of funding are published by the EU for all to see.
“We have strict rules in place to ensure that any external funding we receive does not comprise our editorial impartiality or integrity – and BBC News does not receive any grant funding from the EU.
“This funding is for Research & Development projects that will benefit the wider industry.
“It has no influence on editorial impartiality.”
The BBC Director of News James Harding told MPs in October 2015 that every one of the corporation’s journalists would be sent on a compulsory training course regarding the EU in a bid to have impartial coverage of the then upcoming referendum.
The BBC gains £3.65billion in income every year from the licence fee.
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