BBC World News gets major makeover
Editor | 09-01-2013
New studios, new programming and new presenters are among the fresh features that BBC World News is promising following a major relaunch.
The international 24-hour news and information channel is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide and has recently won new distribution deals in the US and Burma.
The new set-up will look to take advantage of what is described as heavy investment in additional global news-gathering capacity. Indeed, BBC World News is the first English language channel to go live from the recently redeveloped Broadcasting House building which forms the BBC's new London headquarters.
The channel will also debut new on-air talent including Australian Yalda Hakim who has joined the channel as a current affairs correspondent and who presents a new weekly current affairs programme. Veteran presenter and reporter Jon Sopel is joining the channel to present a new weekday international news programme.
Commenting on the new face of global news, Jim Egan, COO of BBC Global News Ltd, said: "This relaunch marks the biggest change for BBC World News in at least a decade and is part of a sustained commitment by the BBC to build on our long history of delivering high quality international news by enhancing our TV and digital offers to viewers, advertisers and distribution partners. We aspire to be recognised as the world's best international news provider and will be making a series of investments this year to support that ambition."