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Thursday, 17 November 2016

BBC To Start Broadcasting in Yoruba, Igbo, Pidgin

The BBC World Service is set to broadcast in 11 new languages. Among them are Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin. The World Service started out in 1932 as a radio channel for English-speakers in the British empire but has transformed over time into a respected provider of news to global audiences.

It already broadcasts in 29 languages, including Hausa, reaching about 246 million people around the world every week.

The expansion is said to be as a result of a funding injection of 289 million until 2020 announced by the government last year.

Others are Afaan Oromo and Amharic, spoken in Ethiopia; Tigrinya, the main language of Eritrea; Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu and Punjabi.

According to BBC Director General, Tony Hall, the move is historical and reinforces the importance of the organisation globally.

“This is a historic day for the BBC, as we announce the biggest expansion of the World Service since the 1940s. The BBC World Service is a jewel in the crown – for BBC and for Britain,” he said.

Director of the World Service, Fran Unsworth, said, “Where the money comes from is irrelevant. 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.”

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