BBC Launches Service In Pidgin, Igbo, Others

By Bright Bassey

The BBC World Service is set include 11 new languages on its platform among which are Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin as part of its expansion.

The corporation said the expansion is as a result of the funding boost of £289 million announced by the UK government last year.

Other new languages are Afaan Oromo, Punjabi, Korean, Telugu, Amharic, Gujarati, Marathi and Tigrinya.

BBC’s Director General, Tony Hall said, it was a historic move, reinforcing the global importance of the organization.

“This is a historic day for the BBC, as we announce the biggest expansion of the World Service since the 1940s,” said BBC director general Tony Hall.

“The BBC World Service is a jewel in the crown – for the BBC and for Britain.

“As we move towards our centenary, my vision is of a confident, outward-looking BBC which brings the best of our independent, impartial journalism and world-class entertainment to half a billion people around the world.

“Today is a key step towards that aim.” Hall said.

The BBC World Service began as BBC Empire Service 1932 principally for English Speakers but has over the years transformed into a global news source.

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