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16.12.03


BBC NEWS
BBC FOUR


The World brings more depth to news on BBC FOUR


The main daily news programme on BBC FOUR is being re-launched on 5 January 2004 with a completely new set and more in-depth reporting from around the globe.



Presented by Kirsty Lang, The World will report international news from a global perspective, exploring intriguing stories and angles.


The new programme will increase the number of in-depth features on current global news and will have the flexibility to devote the whole programme to one major issue.


BBC FOUR Controller, Roly Keating, said: "BBC FOUR News has established a brilliant editorial track record.


"The World will build on that success and continue to provide an unashamedly international perspective to global news."



BBC FOUR News Editor Amanda Farnsworth is moving to be Editor of the Six O'Clock news after overseeing the launch of The World.


A new Editor for The World is currently being recruited.



The World will be shown at 8.00pm every weekday on BBC FOUR and simultaneously on BBC World, which is broadcast to 273 million homes in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.


The half-hour programme draws on the BBC's newsgathering operation - the largest of any broadcaster in the world.


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 national BBC radio networks.


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