RE: SWF Ver has been around a while now
>> "I don't see why people don't understand that the BBC doesn't own most of the content it shows, have you never wondered what those productions companies are at the end of the credits?"
Try these two links:
You will notice they have different meanings, this is important for what your about to read....
The BBC *may* own the copyright (right to copy), but the author / contributors (of significance) deserve "credit" (praise / acknowledgment for their work). In broadcast media this is a common practice to attribute 'credit' to someone who worked on / created this type of content.
If the BBC commissions works by a third-party company, I would expect the BBC to request / demand it owns the copyright once the bill is paid and work complete - this is entirely normal practice. Just like in the real world, where your company likely owns all output of the work you do for them - so long as your paid, you relinquish the copyright - even though you may be the author!
These two terms (copyright & credit) are being misunderstood by your good-self, as the BBC likely owns most of the copyright for these works (or has paid a license to to copyright owner), so has the legal obligation and right to protect them from unscrupulous thieving freetards who think anything that's left unattended can be pinched and redistributed without any regard for the law. Its also common for the freetards to think because they may have paid their TV license that they "OWN" the content. Whilst this is an understandable view, the world and the laws are never quite this simple.