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
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
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Bola Mosuro Presenter
Carrie Gracie Presenter
Emily Horler Producer
Gareth Mitchell Presenter
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
Sanny Rudravajhala Broadcast Journalist & Presenter
Steve Martin Business Development

…at BBC

Amol Rajan Media Editor
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson Non-Executive Director
Beth Parsons Broadcast Journalist, BBC Look North Yorkshire
Bob Shennan Group Managing Director
Charlotte Moore Chief Content Officer
Chris Roberts Project Engineer
Dame Elan Closs Stephens Member for Wales
Deborah Turness CEO of News and Current Affairs
Gautam Rangarajan Group Director of Strategy and Performance
Glyn Isherwood Chief Operating Officer (2)
Helen Boaden Director of BBC Radio
Ian Hargreaves Non-Executive Director
June Sarpong Director of Creative Diversity
Ken MacQuarrie Director of Nations & Regions
Kerris Bright Chief Customer Officer
Leigh Tavaziva Chief Operating Officer
Richard Sharp Chairman
Robbie Gibb Member for England
Shirley Garrood Non-Executive Director
Sir Nicholas Serota Senior Independent Director
Steve Morrison Member for Scotland
Tim Davie Director General
Tom Fussell CEO - BBC Studios
Tom Glenwright Producer

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