Global news services

Audiences around the world can access BBC News services - on radio, on television and online

BBC World Service

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, and online

It reaches a weekly audience of around 279 million people around the world. It is one of the UK’s must important cultural exports – inspiring and illuminating the lives of people across the globe, helping them make sense of the world they live in. A quarter of the weekly global audience is aged between 15 and 24.

In recent years BBC World Service has undergone its biggest expansion since the 1940s. It now operates in more than 40 languages around the world from Pidgin to Korean, with new and expended bureaux in locations Cairo to Seoul, Belgrade to Bangkok.

BBC World Service is funded from the licence fee. In 2016 the UK Government awarded it a £291 million grant over four years for a programme of modernisation and new language service. This grant is administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

BBC World News and BBC.com

BBC World News is our commercially funded international news and information television channel, broadcasting in English 24 hours a day in many countries across the world. BBC World News is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, around 300 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel provides hourly bulletins with news, business, sport and weather information, and broadcasts the best of the BBC’s current affairs, documentary and lifestyle programming.

BBC.com, our global commercial news website, brings news and features to a huge international audience, including the USA, the world’s largest media market.