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BBC Global News maintains record 233m audience

For the second year in succession, the BBC's combined international news services attracted a global weekly audience of more than 233 million during 2007/8, according to independent surveys.


The global audience figure for the combined services of BBC World Service radio, BBC World News television and the BBC's international online news service,, is up 23 million from 211 million two years ago.


Many people used more than one service.


BBC World News – the commercially funded international English language news and information television channel – now has estimated record audiences of 78 million viewers a week, up two million on 2006/7.


BBC World Service's weekly radio audience estimate is 182 million listeners a week across its 33 language services, down a million on last year's record 183 million total. However its English language service attracted 40 million weekly listeners, up two million on last year.


The BBC's international-facing online news sites – which include and the Webby Award-winning – attracted 13 million weekly unique users.


BBC Global News Director Richard Sambrook said: "Maintaining the BBC's impact in this fiercely competitive global media marketplace for news services is a huge achievement.


"We are also pleased that the quality of our programmes and services have been recognised this year with four gold Sony Awards for BBC World Service radio programmes; a Webby for our online services and a prestigious Peabody Award for BBC World News.


"This demonstrates that people around the world still turn to the BBC when they need quality news and information that is independent and trusted."


Notes to Editors

  • BBC World Service broadcasts in 33 languages including English. The other languages are: Albanian, Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Burmese, Caribbean-English, Cantonese, French for Africa , Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Mandarin, Nepali, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese for Brazil, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, and Vietnamese.
  • 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 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.
  • Outside the UK, BBC World Service is available on short wave; on FM in 154 capital cities; and selected programmes are carried on almost 2,000 FM and MW radio stations around the world.
  • BBC World News, the BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour news and information channel, is owned and operated by BBC World Ltd, a member of the BBC's commercial group of companies.  BBC World News attracts 78 million viewers a week, is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and reaches 283 million households and more than 1.5 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 57 cruise ships, 42 airlines, 35 mobile phone networks and a number of major online platforms including  For further information on how to receive BBC World News, download schedules or find out more about the channel, visit
  • The new BBC World Service global audience estimate is derived from a comprehensive programme of independent audience research over a four-year cycle. This year's figure incorporates new data from 20 countries - some 51 per cent of this year's audience.
  • The BBC World News audience figure is compiled from multiple surveys (syndicated, omnibus and specifically commissioned) from over 100 countries.
  • The surveys are carried out by independent market research groups and comply with international standards of audience research.


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Category:World Service
Date: 10.06.2008
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