BBC World Service achieves a record number of UK listeners
million people now listen to BBC World Service in the UK according
to figures released today by RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research).
figures, which cover the period April to June 2003, show a rise
in World Service UK listening of 0.1 million over the last quarter,
the first time RAJAR recorded World Service audiences in the UK.
Alan Booth, BBC World Service's Controller, Marketing, said: "With
many more ways to listen, people are finding it easier to tune into
the World Service and enjoying the international news and analysis
and landmark programmes they find there.
figures show how significant listening through television and the
internet has become; something that would have been almost unimaginable
a few years ago.
now possible to listen to the World Service in the UK via
Freeview (digital terrestrial television - channel 80); on Sky digital
satellite (Channel 865) and cable channels; as well as online and
via digital radio."
strong share performance despite increased competition (31.07.03)
BBC World Service is funded through Grant-in-Aid from the Foreign
Office. The grant for 2003/4 is £220 million.
the UK, World Service in English is available on 648 MW in south
addition, overnight on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio
Ulster and via digital radio, digital satellite and the internet.
English Network can be heard on the BBC's digital multiplex in the
UK, Freeview digital channel 80 or in Europe on the Astra satellite,
World Service Extra - a new radio service broadcasting in the key
languages of Afghanistan and the surrounding region - is available
on digital satellite channel 902.
Outside the UK, BBC World Service is available on short wave; on
FM in 140 capital cities; and selected programmes are carried on
almost 2,000 FM and MW radio stations around the world.
The BBC World Service website - www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice
- contains extensive, interactive news services available in English,
Arabic, Chinese Russian and Spanish, with audiostreaming available
in 43 languages.
also contains detailed information about World Service broadcasts,
schedules and frequencies in all languages.
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.
offers the BBC's eight television channels, interactive services
from BBCi, as well as 11 BBC radio networks.