BBC World Service


BBC World Service expands offerings for Horn of Africa

BBC World Service is expanding its offerings for the Horn of Africa with the launch of three new services targeting Ethiopia, Eritrea and the diaspora audience of both countries. In what it is billing as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s, the BBC’s international news service is launching news services in the Amharic, […]

BBC news grows global reach

BBC content now reaches a weekly global audience of 372 million, according to the UK public broadcaster, representing a 7% increase year-on-year. The Global Audience Measurement statistic, which shows how many individuals the BBC reached weekly with its news and entertainment content in the year 2016/17, indicated that the BBC’s weekly global news audience has […]

Yahlive extends BBC World Service contract

Abu Dhabi-based SES and Yahsat satellite joint venture Yahlive has renewed and extended its partnership with the BBC to broadcast its Persian and Arabic TV channels across its footprint. As part of the agreement with the BBC World Service, Yahlive will distribute the broadcaster’s Persian and Arabic television channels as well as the radio programming […]

Government pledges funds for BBC World Service expansion

The BBC Trust has welcomed plans by the government to fund an extension of the BBC’s World Service with additional spending. As part of its ‘National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015’, published yesterday, the government said it will invest “£85 million each year by 2017/18 in the BBC’s digital, TV and […]

BBC World Service launches African digital pilot

BBC World Service has launched a prototype media player aimed at reaching young Africans through social and digital media. Optimised for smartphones, BBC Minute CatchUP was designed by Cape Town-based social enterprise hub, RLabs, as part of a hackathon held earlier this year by the BBC World Service and BBC Connected Studio. BBC Minute is a one-minute […]

BBC plays down immediate BBC Four closure threat

The BBC’s director of strategy has said the corporation does not have plans to close BBC Four, despite the arts network being touted as one of a number of services that could be cut to save money. Speaking on BBC Radio4’s World at One show yesterday, James Purnell said “we’re not ruling anything in or […]

Intelsat and BT to support BBC World Service distribution

BT has signed a new multi-year, multi-transponder agreement, with Intelsat, which it will use to distribute programming for BBC World Service. Intelsat said BT has renewed and expanded services on three Intelsat satellites, spanning the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America regions – Intelsat 10-02 located at 1°West, Intelsat 805 at 55.5°West and Intelsat 19 at 166.0°East. […]

BBC claims 308 million global audience

The BBC has a combined weekly global audience of 308 million people across its news and entertainment services, according to figures published by the corporation.  The combined figure includes radio, TV and online audiences – including, for the first time Facebook and YouTube reach – with growth recorded across all platforms. The BBC said that […]

UAE-based Yahlive adds BBC Persian and BBC Arabic

United Arab Emirates-based satellite broadcasting company, Yahlive, is adding the TV channels BBC Persian and BBC Arabic, to its platform from October 2014.  The Farsi- and Arabic-language BBC World Service news channels will be available free-to-air and will air a mix of political, economic, cultural and sports stories and features – along with documentaries. The new channel launches will follow the […]

BBC condemns Ethiopian jamming of Arabsat

The BBC, along with representatives of Germany’s Deutsche Welle, France 24 and Voice of America has condemned Ethiopia’s jamming of its signals from the Arabsat platform at 26° East. BBC World Service acting director Liliane Landor condemned what the BBC described as a flagrant violation of international procedures. “The BBC calls upon the Ethiopian authorities […]