7 Facts About World Service

1. The BBC World Service traditionally broadcasts the chimes of Big Ben in London at the start of a new year.

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2. In November 2016, the BBC World Service announced it plans to start broadcasts in Korean.

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3. In those two countries, the BBC World Service was only available via shortwave and the Internet.

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4. The World Service is available up to eighteen hours a day in English across most parts of Asia, and in Arabic for the Middle East.

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5. At its launch, the World Service was located along with most radio output in Broadcasting House.

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6. The World Service was funded for decades by grant-in-aid through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government until 1 April 2014.

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7. In 2015 World Service reached an average of 210 million people a week.

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