BBC World Service expands with 11 new Asian and African languages

BBC World Service expands with 11 new Asian and African languages

The biggest BBC name in India to date is broadcaster Mark Tully, who was famously ejected from the country during emergency censorship in 1975, but later returned.

"It's just pure snobbery on the part of the BBC to refer to other broadcasters as "state broadcasters" or sometimes "state-controlled broadcasters" - the BBC is the British state broadcaster".

Launch mobile offers in new Indian languages combined with digital, TV and video output.

He resigned from the BBC in 1994, but continued to present shows for the broadcaster and works as a freelance journalist and broadcaster in Delhi.

In 2011, BBC suffered a budget cut that affected three language services including the Portuguese for Africa service widely listened to in Angola and Mozambique.

The BBC World Service called it the biggest announcement since the 1940s.

Calling this latest expansion the largest it has undertaken since the 1940s, the BBC is looking to launch its World Service in 11 new languages, including Afaan Ormo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean and many more (thanks TechCrunch).

Starting in 1932 as a radio-channel for English-speakers in the British empire, the BBC World Service already broadcasts in 29 languages to 246 million people around the world weekly. "The World Service is going to do what it's always done, go over the heads of government providing a service directly to citizens of the world", she said.

Tigrinya is mainly spoken in Eritrea and also in some parts of Ethiopia while Igbo, Yoruba and the Nigerian Pidgin are spoken mainly in Nigeria and in other parts of West Africa. The expansion will also bring more journalists on the ground in locations across the world.

Ambassador Robert King, the U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights, said in 2015 that an estimated 30 percent of North Koreans are tuning into foreign radio broadcasts and that they are considered much more effective than more high profile attempts to breach the information blockade, such as sending balloons across the border.

The plans, which are part of a broader strategy to expand the BBC's reach from 348 million viewers and listeners to 500 million by 2022, also include an expansion of its Russian, Arabic and African services.

Many countries have recognised the benefit of what is known as "soft influence" and have tried to replicate the BBC model.