13 Facts About BBC World


BBC World News is an international English-language pay television network, operated under the BBC Global News Limited division of the BBC, which is a public corporation of the UK government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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Channel originally started as BBC World Service Television and was a commercial operation.

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BBC World News relocated to Broadcasting House from its previous home at Television Centre on 14 January 2013.

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On 13 January 2009 at 09:57 GMT, BBC World News switched its broadcast to 16:9 format, initially in Europe on Astra 1L satellite, and Eutelsat Hot Bird 6 satellite to other broadcast feeds in the Asian region from 20 January 2009.

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On 5 August 2013, BBC World News was offered as a High Definition feed across the Middle East when it launched its international HD channel on the Arab Satellite Communications Organization.

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BBC World News is most commonly watched as a free-to-air channel.

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BBC World News was available on LiveStation from 2012 until the platform closed in 2016.

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BBC World News produces a version of Outside Source at 21:00 UK time Monday-Thursday, World News Today at 19:00 Monday-Friday, and 21:00 Friday-Sunday .

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On 26 May 2022, as part of planned cuts and streamlining across the broadcaster, the BBC World announced plans for a further consolidation of content between the two services, which will both be rebranded as BBC World News.

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On PBS stations, BBC World News is not broadcast with traditional commercials but omits the Met Office international weather forecast at the end of the programme, replacing it with underwriting announcements.

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Many airlines from across the world play pre-recorded extracts of the BBC World News, have text headlines from it or have a full bulletin available on the in-flight entertainment systems.

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BBC World News is, for the most part, the same channel all over the world; the commercials are intended to be the only differences.

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BBC World News was named Best International News Channel at the Association for International Broadcasting Awards in November 2006.

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