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Summary: quotWe know from our viewers that they value HD services. BBC World News originates in pure HD, so it's fantastic to be able to bring this service to our European heartland,quot said Colin Lawrence, Director of Distribution for BBC Global News Ltd. quotFollowing the investments we made in our content and presentation on BBC World News, last year we saw an audience increase in daily reach. HD is undoubtedly becoming the default viewing preference, and this new partnership enables delivery of our world class service to European audiences. BBC World News and BBC.comThe BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour English news platforms, are owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd. BBC World News television is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 385 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. - link


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Thursday, 9 April 2015

9:08 PM

Re: BBC World News.
Is there not a more useless programme for a Brit abroad?
The emphasis is on 'world' with very little home news.
In many hotels you have a choice of this or CNBC Europe or Russia Today as the only English language programmes. What a choice!
The bog standard BBC News would be far more useful and informative. But when did the BBC care much about the licence payers?

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Richard's 22 posts GB

10:06 PM

Richard: Firstly, the World Service/BBC World News is there to give news to the World (as you point out), not just British News. And thats great - you often get a very different running order from the UK news - much more on things that impact people, rather than just the latest Westminster storm in a teacup.

They do of course cover UK events, and will cover them more than Russian, French or India news, for instance, but the mix is not overwhelming. I got a decent overview of the recent election debate, but it was much less than the UK news, but vastly more than, say, French media.

If you want to get up to date on detailed UK news, there are plenty of websites that will do that - but thats not the BBC World Services job. They are broadcasting to an audience worldwide, the vast majority of which are not British. On the other hand, they want balanced, intelligent reporting.

I've just reread a book about the fall of Saigon in 1975. US pilots for the CIA had long given up on the US Forces Network to tell them anything. However, they trusted in the World Service, because it told them things they knew to be true, on the basis that they seen it themselves, and by extension if they were telling the truth about that, then the rest of the news was probably accurate as well. Should the BBC have reported what was going on in Saigon, or what was going on in Chipping Sodbury?

Remember that the hotel, etc is paying for the news channel - its not something that the BBC funds by itself, although thanks to the Tories, the licence fee payer is shelling out for lots of stuff that used to be paid for out of general taxation. CNBC is a commercial channel, Russia Today is a paid for arm of the Kremlin's media state, and the BBC Worldwide is a commercial station in a foreign hotel, but is backed by the BBC's news-gathering resources, which is non-commercial.

if you want to watch UK News whilst abroad, the place where you stay has to come up with a decent business case for it.

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