About - World Service
- About BBC World Service
BBC World Service aims to inspire and illuminate the lives of its audience by bringing the world together, making connections and helping listeners to make sense of the world.
Our programmes - which range from news, education and entertainment - have a reputation for being authoritative, impartial and accurate.
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- How BBC World Service is Funded
BBC World Service is funded by the UK government through Parliamentary Grant-in-Aid. The Parliamentary Grant-in-Aid is administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). It is not subsidised by the Licence Fee.
However, as part of the UK government's Spending Review in October 2010, it was agreed that funding for BBC World Service will transfer to the Licence Fee from 2014 - 2015 onwards.
- How BBC World Service is Run
BBC World Service is part of a Global News Division headed by Peter Horrocks.
The Global News Division includes the BBC's international English language TV channel BBC World News; the international online news service bbc.com/news; the global media tracking service BBC Monitoring; and the international charity BBC Media Action.
The BBC - including BBC World Service - is established under a Royal Charter. The current Charter came into force in 2007 and runs until the end of 2016. It explicitly recognises the BBC's editorial independence and sets out its public purposes.
Like the rest of the BBC, BBC World Service is accountable to the BBC Trust, appointed under the Royal Charter to act as trustees for the public interest and oversee all BBC activities.
For more details about how BBC World Service is run, please download our latest Annual Report.