BBC World Service Launches Expansion with Services in New Languages

The BBC World Service will extend its reach across the world as it launches new services in 12 languages such as Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya from September 2017.

The BBC World Service is one of the UK’s most important cultural exports.

In a world of anxieties about ‘fake news’, where media freedom is being curtailed rather than expanded, the role of an independent, impartial news provider is more important than ever.

The new services we’re launching will reach some of the most under-served audiences in the world.
— Lord Tony Hall - BBC Director General

The service aims to target areas such as Ethiopia and Eritrea as part of the £289 million expansion, its biggest since the 1940s.

The expansion will continue to roll out further services, including Korean, throughout the year with a view to delivering BBC News in more than 40 languages.

Plans start with the launch of a new digital service in Pidgin, a language spoken by more than 75 million people across Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Equatorial Guinea.

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