Horrocks reveals jobs boost for WS
An estimated 130 new posts will be created across the World Service next year, as it benefits from an £8m investment boost.
New job opportunities will come courtesy of a £6.5m budget increase in 2014/15 - in the World Service's first year of licence fee funding - and £1.5m of extra savings, Peter Horrocks told his staff on Tuesday.
There will be money to develop a 'Global Newsbeat' radio news bulletin for younger audiences, currently being piloted by a team of journalists from four different language services, the director of global news explained.
And history series Witness will receive the investment it needs to turn into a multimedia, multilingual brand.
A tv news bulletin for Burma will be launched, to follow the editions for Afrique, Pashto and Kyrgyz.
The Partner Production Hub, meanwhile, will get extra funding to help its mission to target World Service English content at specific partner stations around the world.Bring in translators
On the web, there will be money to complete the transfer of all language sites into responsive mobile technology, while an Africa edition of the BBC News website will be launched.
Horrocks also wants to recruit external translators to ready original features on bbc.com for the language sites, meeting audience demands for more travel, health, science and business content.
The controller said he was not expecting there to be any new editorial post closures in the year ahead.
'There will be a respite on editorial job cuts for a year,' he said, 'but we will need significant further editorial and organisational savings in subsequent years.'
An extra £8m of efficiency savings had to be found in the next three years, Horrocks explained, in order to pay for new investments across the World Service.
'That is going to be a real stretch,' he admitted, even allowing for the growth of multi-lingual reporting, a fall in transmission costs and new licence to seek top-up income from sponsors and advertisers.
He called for staff to suggest ways of saving money at a series of savings sessions.
There would be a 'natural tendency to reward' those areas that come up with the best savings ideas, he added.New name
Horrocks also revealed that, from April 1, the Global News division - comprising World Service, Global News Limited, Monitoring and BBC Media Action - would be retitled World Service Group.
'It's a small but important, symbolic change that cements the World Service name. A huge part of our heritage - vital to our future.'
And that future was not one to be downcast about, he insisted.
'For those who are worried about our future, let me assure you in my view it is brighter that it has ever been.'