BBC World Service

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The BBC World Service is the world's largest international broadcaster, broadcasting news, speech and discussions in 28 languages to many parts of the world on analogue and digital shortwave platforms, internet streaming, podcasting, satellite, FM...Wikipedia

Editorial areaGlobal
Audience figures1,452,000 weekly listenersRAJAR June 2019
Launched19 December 1932
Former namesBBC Empire Service
BBC General Overseas Service
External Services of the BBC

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Postal addressBBC Broadcasting House
+44 20 7240 3456
+44 1449 609000
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Bola Mosuro Presenter
Carrie Gracie Presenter
Chloe Tilley Presenter
Emily Horler Producer
Gareth Mitchell Presenter
Ian Deeley Multimedia Technical Producer
Jackie Leonard Presenter
James Menendez Presenter
James Coomarasamy Presenter
Karin Giannone Presenter
Lyse Doucet Presenter
Mark Crossley Journalist
Mary Hockaday Controller of World Service English
Matt Wade Producer
Murray Holgate Station Manager
Neil Caldicott Creative Director
Nikki Bedi Presenter
Nuala McGovern Presenter
Olivia Crellin Presenter
Reged Ahmad Journalist
Ros Atkins Presenter
Russell Fuller Presenter
Steve Martin Business Development

…at BBC

Alistair Tyne Engineer
Chris Roberts Project Engineer
Fran Unsworth Director - BBC News
Helen Boaden Director of BBC Radio
James Harding Director of News and Current Affairs
James Purnell Director of radio education arts music learning and children
James Purnell Director of Strategy
Tony Hall Director-General

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