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29 October 2014
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BBC World Service achieves a record number of UK listeners

1.5 million people now listen to BBC World Service in the UK according to figures released today by RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research).

The 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: "W
ith 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.

"These figures show how significant listening through television and the internet has become; something that would have been almost unimaginable a few years ago.

"It's 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."

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• BBC World Service is funded through Grant-in-Aid from the Foreign Office. The grant for 2003/4 is £220 million.

• In the UK, World Service in English is available on 648 MW in south eastern England.

In addition, overnight on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Ulster and via digital radio, digital satellite and the internet.

The 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, channel 865.

BBC 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 - - contains extensive, interactive news services available in English, Arabic, Chinese Russian and Spanish, with audiostreaming available in 43 languages.

It also contains detailed information about World Service broadcasts, schedules and frequencies in all languages.

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, interactive services from BBCi, as well as 11 BBC radio networks.



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