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Hi, I'm writing a paper in MLA format. When I say, "according to BBC News 1 Sep 14..." do I still need to footnote or source that?

Yes. There's probably a URL that you can provide to the specific story. That would be easiest. Just BBC News and the date is not sufficient to help the reader find the source easily in many cases. That is the purpose of citations - to show the reader exactly where to find something. Your citation should include the title of the story and a specific location where it may be found.

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