BBC World Service

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The BBC World Service is the world's largest international broadcaster, broadcasting news, speech and discussions in 28 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, FM...Wikipedia

Editorial areaGlobal
Audience figures1,394,000 weekly listenersRAJAR September 2021
Launched19 December 1932
Former namesBBC Empire Service
BBC General Overseas Service
External Services of the BBC

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Postal addressBBC Broadcasting House
+44 20 7240 3456
+44 1449 609000
Official website

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Bola Mosuro Presenter
Carrie Gracie Presenter
Chloe Tilley Presenter
Emily Horler Producer
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Ian Deeley Multimedia Technical Producer
Jackie Leonard Presenter
James Coomarasamy Presenter
James Menendez Presenter
Julian Farmer Studio Director
Karin Giannone Presenter
Lyse Doucet Presenter
Mark Crossley Journalist
Mary Hockaday Controller of World Service English
Matt Wade Engineer
Murray Holgate Station Manager
Neil Caldicott Creative Director
Nikki Bedi Presenter
Nuala McGovern Presenter
Olivia Crellin Presenter
Reged Ahmad Journalist
Ros Atkins Presenter
Russell Fuller Presenter
Steve Martin Business Development

…at BBC

Alistair Tyne Engineer
Amol Rajan Media Editor
Chris Roberts Project Engineer
Fran Unsworth Director - BBC News
Helen Boaden Director of BBC Radio
James Harding Director of News and Current Affairs
James Purnell Director of radio education arts music learning and children
James Purnell Director of Strategy
Richard Sharp Chairman
Tim Davie Director General

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