BBC expands in India, makes its Delhi Bureau the largest outside UK

According to the broadcaster, BBC will become a video, TV and digital content production hub for the whole of South Asia and will recruit more than 150 new journalistic staff across India

by Nishant Saxena
Published - Oct 5, 2017 8:38 AM Updated: Oct 5, 2017 8:38 AM

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC,) the leading British public service broadcaster, made a huge expansion in India and launched its news services in four more languages like Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu.

It further expanded in Delhi and added two new TV studios, making BBC’s Delhi bureau the largest outside the United Kingdom. Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, visited Delhi to inaugurate the BBC Bureau. He said, “I’m delighted to be in India to mark such a significant milestone for the BBC.”

He further added that now millions more have the chance to access BBC in their own languages. According to the broadcaster, BBC will become a video, TV and digital content production hub for the whole of South Asia and will recruit more than 150 new journalistic staff across India.

“We know the BBC is already held in great regard and affection across India and we too want to bring BBC News to new audiences,” he said. The expansion was made possible by a £291 million investment by the British government into BBC’s external services.

The new services are currently only available online and on social media. However, the Telugu TV bulletin, BBC Prapancham, can be watched on Eenadu TV Andhra Pradesh and Eenadu TV Telangana.

Until now, BBC’s services in India existed only in English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali and Tamil but around the world, it delivers news content in more than 30 languages.

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