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24 September 2014
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New BBC Moscow Bureau opens

The BBC has opened a new Bureau in Moscow.

With new, state of the art technology, the bureau is the largest international broadcast operation in Russia and brings together for the first time journalists and production staff from each of the BBC's different news operations.

The bureau, which began operating this week, is the BBC's largest news operation in the world, outside of the UK.

Almost 100 staff from BBC newsgathering, BBC monitoring and the World Service's Russian, Central Asian and Caucasian services will work in the joint newsroom.

The new bureau has additional broadcasting facilities, with seven radio studios and a television studio as well as indoor and outdoor live broadcast points.

The radio studios will be able to accommodate three guests at a time and up to four studios can broadcast to the UK simultaneously.

And it will make use of cutting edge fibre optic cables, with a permanent signal to transmit material back to Television Centre in London.

Kevin Bishop, BBC Moscow Bureau Editor, said: "I'm delighted the new BBC Moscow Bureau has now opened.

"We aim to provide an integrated BBC bureau, to share specialist knowledge and expertise, and make best use of our resources and technology."

Elizabeth Robson, Head of the BBC Russian Service, said: "The new Moscow Bureau gives World Service journalists the chance to use sophisticated modern equipment to satisfy the demand for high quality content about Russia across a range of outlets in dozens of languages."

Peter Robertson, Managing Editor, BBC Monitoring, said: "Working alongside the World Service and Newsgathering will really sharpen our news focus and, in turn, we can provide our colleagues with a wide-range of information and sources not previously easily accessible."

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels as well as 11 BBC radio networks.



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