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Prince Michael of Kent opens BBC's Moscow Bureau

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent officially opens the BBC's new Moscow Bureau today (Tuesday 3 June 2003).

The BBC is bringing together for the first time journalists and production staff from its different news operations - Newsgathering, Monitoring and World Service – in the bureau.

Equipped with the latest, state of the art technology, the BBC Moscow Bureau is bringing together the skills of the three departments so it can deliver the most comprehensive coverage of Russia and Russian affairs for all its outlets worldwide.

Elisabeth Robson, Head of BBC Russian Service, says: "By integrating the three divisions into one BBC Bureau, staff will be able to share expertise and make best use of our resources and technology.

"The new Moscow Bureau gives World Service journalists covering Russia a sophisticated and modern environment to satisfy the high demand for quality content about Russia for radio, TV and online across a range of BBC outlets in dozens of languages across the world."

Coinciding with the BBC Moscow Office opening is the launch of the revamped online site of BBC Russian Service,

The site has been brought into line with BBC logo and design standards. It is now 30% wider while the additional space is organised more efficiently.

The site loads much more quickly and appears in a new eye-catching colour scheme.

But the Russian team has taken the opportunity to revise the entire look and interactivity.

Content changes include a new division entirely dedicated to Russia, which will not only offer information from and about Russia, but will also say how Russia is covered by Western media and include comments by pundits worldwide. will also post several discussion topics on its Forum every day, and visitors to the site will be encouraged to offer their ideas for debate and interactive interviews.

Notes to Editors

BBC World Service broadcasts programmes around the world in 43 languages, has a global audience of 150 million listeners and is available on radio and online at

BBC Russian is available on radio on medium and short wave in Russia and online via

Details of BBC Russian programmes can be found at

BBC Newsgathering has an unparalleled network of resources, including around 250 specialist correspondents, foreign correspondents and world affairs specialists, 45 foreign bureaux and a network of experienced stringers.

BBC Monitoring tracks the global media for the latest news reports emerging around the world.

Television, radio and news agency, internet and press sources in 150 countries and over 100 languages are monitored hour by hour for reports on a vast range of current issues and topics.

New BBC Moscow Bureau opens (05.03.03)



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