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Annual Review 2005/06

BBC World Service's audiences in Nigeria increased by 3.6 million to 23.8 million in 2005/06.

BBC World Service's weekly global audience estimate is a record 163 million.

BBC World Service's audiences in Tanzania increased to 12.9 million, up by 2.7 million year-on-year.

BBC World Service produces 1242 hours of programming a week in 33 languages; that's over 64500 hours a year.

Available in 150 capital cities on fm, up from 144 in 2004.

The first national survey in Burma gave BBC World Service a weekly reach of 23.1 per cent of the population with 7.1 million listeners.

Global audiences to BBC World Service English language broadcasts have risen to 42 million in 2005/06,up from 39 million last year.

Short wave audiences account for two out of three BBC World Service listeners.

BBC World Service's audiences in Africa and the Middle East are now 73.6 million up 7.6 million.

Total listeners via partner stations and relays on fm grew by 12 million in 2005/06 to 75 million.

The Asia & Pacific region of the world now has an extra 7.9 million BBC radio listeners this year - up to 61.1 million in total.

BBC Nepalese service increased its audience by 2.6 million to 3.7 million during 2005/06.

BBC World Service's audiences in Kenya increased by 1.5 million to an overall 6 million during 2005/06.

BBC Monitoring provides an authoritative view of world events in up to 100 languages.

BBC World Service delivered £7.1 million efficiency savings in 2005/06.

BBC's international facing news sites now attract a record 32.8 million unique users each month; up from around 21 million unique monthly users a year ago.

BBC Monitoring systematically monitors more than 3,000 radio, TV, press, internet and news agency sources.

BBC World Service's Grant-in-Aid funding from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for 2005/06 was £239 million. In 2006/07 it is £245 million.

BBC's international facing news sites attracted a record 499 million page impressions a month in March 2006 compared to 324 million page impressions in March 2005.

BBC Monitoring's new five year funding agreement increases funding to an average £23.8 million per year between 2006/07 and 2010/11.

The BBC's international news services - BBC World Service radio, BBC World television and the international-facing online news service attract a combined record global weekly audience of over 210 million individuals.

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