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BBC World Service

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The BBC World Service is an international broadcaster, owned and operated by the BBC. It is the world's largest of any kind. It broadcasts radio news, speech and discussions in more than 40 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, DAB, FM and MW relays. In 2015, The World Service reached an average of 210 million people a week. In November 2016, the BBC announced that it would start broadcasting in additional languages including Amharic and Igbo, in its biggest expansion since the 1940s.
  • History 

  • Operation 

  • Involvement in the 2010 Kyrgyz revolution 

  • Radio programming in English 

  • Previous radio programming in English 

  • Availability 

  • Presentation 

  • Magazine publishing