|BBC World News|
|Launched||16 January 1995|
|Owned by||BBC Global News Ltd.|
|Picture format|| 1080i HDTV |
(downscaled to 16:9 for the SDTV feeds. The Latin American subfeed is downscaled to letterboxed 4:3 480i)
|Slogan||Live the story|
|Broadcast area||Worldwide (except UK)|
|Formerly called||BBC World(1995 – 2008)|
|Replaced||BBC World Service Television (1991 – 1995)|
|Website||BBC World News|
|Boxer TV Access (Sweden)||Channel 27|
|Digital terrestrial television (Andorra)||Channel 20|
|ERT Digital (Greece)||Channel 48|
Channel 56 (HD)
|Digital terrestrial television (USA)||Channel 28.4 (Los Angeles)|
|Digital terrestrial television (Mauritius)||Channel 2|
|Nexmedia (Indonesia)||Channel 703|
| Oqaab |
|Sky Ireland||Channel 506 (HD)|
|Hispasat 1C||12012 V / 27500 / 3/4|
|Astra 1KR||11229 V / 22000 / 2/3|
|Thor 5||11325 H / 24500 / 7/8|
|Nilesat 101||11766 H / 27500 / 3/4|
|Sky Italia (Italy)||Channel 520|
|Movistar+ (Spain)||Channel 113|
|Canal (France)||Channel 111|
|Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland)||Channel 134|
|Sky México||Channel 631|
|Bell TV (Canada)||Channel 510|
|Shaw Direct (Canada)||Channel 501|
|DirecTV (United States)||Channel 346 (HD)|
|Sky TV (New Zealand)||Channel 89|
|Foxtel (Australia)||Channel 649|
|SkyLife (South Korea)||Channel 173|
|SKY PerfecTV! (Japan)||Channel 565 (HD)|
|SKY PerfecTV! e2 (Japan)||Channel 353|
|Astro (Malaysia)||Channel 512|
|DirecTV Latin America||Channel 768|
|Indovision (Indonesia)||Channel 332|
|TrueVisions (Thailand)||Channel 780|
|Tata Sky (India)||Channel 536|
|Airtel Digital TV (India)||Channel 307|
|Dialog TV (Sri Lanka)||Channel 34|
|Dish Home (Nepal)||Channel 701|
|Digiturk (Turkey)||Channel 122|
|D-Smart (Turkey)||Channel 51|
|DStv (South Africa)||Channel 400|
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 206|
|Vidéotron (Canada)||Channel 147|
|StarHub TV (Singapore)|
|Rogers Cable (Canada)||Channel 194 (Digital)|
|Shaw TV (Canada)||Channel 41|
|Cable TV Hong Kong (Hong Kong)||Channel 122|
|Verizon FiOS (United States)||Channel 107 (SD)|
Channel 609 (HD)
|HiTV (Nigeria)||Channel 3|
|Movistar TV (Peru)||Channel 546|
|Destiny Cable (Philippines)|
|SkyCable (Philippines)||Channel 29 (Digital)|
|OneLink Communications (Puerto Rico)||Channel 74|
|Vodafone New Zealand (New Zealand)||Channel 89|
|First Media (Indonesia)||Channel 230 (SD)|
Channel 395 (HD)
|Star Globalcom (Peru)||Channel 77|
|TrueVisions (Thailand)||Channel 785|
|Foxtel (Australia)||Channel 649|
|Optus TV (Australia)||Channel 649|
|Kabel Deutschland (Germany)||Channel 838|
|Telecable (Spain)||Channel 85|
|Telus (Canada)||Channel 113|
|now TV (Hong Kong)||Channel 320 (SD/HD)|
|Orange TV (Spain)||Channel 61|
|MEO (Portugal)||Channel 204|
|Bell Fibe TV (Canada)||Channel 510 (SD)|
Channel 1510 (HD)
|Deutsche Telekom Germany||Channel 99|
|Fetch TV (Australia)||Channel 180|
|CHT MOD (Taiwan)||Channel 551|
|Hikari TV (Japan)||Channel 852|
|Claro TV (Dominican Republic)||Channel 154|
|ETB (Colombia)||Channel 284|
|Unifi TV (Malaysia)||Channel 431 (HD)|
|AT&T U-verse (United States)||Channel 1207 (HD)|
Channel 207 (SD)
|Google Fiber (United States)||Channel 112|
|Singtel TV (Singapore)||Channel 14|
|VMedia (Canada)||Channel 194|
|myTV Super (Hong Kong)||Channel 709 (HD)|
|Flip TV(Australia)||Channel 210 (SD)|
|PEO TV (Sri Lanka)||Channel 24|
|Horizon||Watch live (Netherlands only)|
|Zattoo||Watch live (Switzerland only)|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|BBC Player||Watch online (Singapore and Malaysia only)|
|Unifi Play TV||Watch online (Malaysia only)|
|Philo||Internet Protocol television|
BBC World News is the BBC's international news and current affairs television channel. It has the largest audience of any channel, with an estimated 99 million viewers weekly in 2015/16, part of the estimated 265 million users of the BBC's four main international news services. Launched on 11 March 1991 as BBC World Service Television outside Europe, its name was changed to BBC World on 16 January 1995 and to BBC World News on 21 April 2008.The service is aimed at the overseas market, similar to DD India, WION, DW, France 24 and RT. It broadcasts news bulletins, documentaries, lifestyle programmes and interview shows.Unlike the BBC's domestic channels, BBC World News is owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd., part of the BBC's commercial group of companies, and is funded by subscription and advertising revenues, and not by the United Kingdom television licence. It is not owned by BBC Studios.
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Previously, the channel was broadcast in 4:3, with the news output fitted into a 14:9 frame for both digital and analogue broadcasting, resulting in black bands at the top and bottom of the screen. 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.
As a result of the move to Broadcasting House, BBC World News gained high-definition studios and equipment to be able to broadcast in high-definition. On 5 August 2013, BBC World News was offered as a High Definition (HD) feed across the Middle East when it launched its international HD channel on Arabsat. Arabsat was the BBC's first distribution partner in the Middle East to offer the channel in HD. On 1 April 2015 BBC World News in English started broadcasting in high definition from the 11.229 GHz/V transponder on Astra 1KR at the 19.2°E orbital position, available free-to-air to viewers with 60 cm dishes across Europe and coastal North Africa.
BBC World News claims to be watched by a weekly audience of 74 million in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.BBC World News is most commonly watched as a free-to-air (FTA) channel. The channel is available in Europe and many parts of the world via satellite (FTA) or cable platforms.
In the United States, the channel is available through providerssuch as Cablevision, Comcast, Spectrum, Verizon FiOS, and AT&T U-verse. As of 2014, U.S. distribution and advertising sales for the channel are handled by AMC Networks, who are the minority partner for the BBC's entertainment channel BBC America.
In addition, BBC World News syndicates its daytime and evening news programmes to public television stations throughout the U.S., originally maintaining a distribution partnership with Garden City, New York-based WLIW that lasted from 1998 until October 2008, when the BBC and WLIW mutually decided not to renew the contract.BBC World News subsequently entered into an agreement with Community Television of Southern California, Inc., in which Los Angeles PBS member station KCET (which was a public independent station from 2011 to 2018) would take over distribution rights to BBC World News America (the KCET agreement has since been extended to encompass a half-hour simulcast of the 90-minute-long midday news bulletin GMT, which airs in the U.S. as a morning show, and a weekly edition of the BBC newsmagazine Newsnight). PBS separately began distributing another program aired by the channel, Beyond 100 Days, as a tape-delayed late night broadcast on 2 January 2018, as an interim replacement for Charlie Rose . Unlike GMT and BBC World News America, Beyond 100 Days is distributed exclusively to PBS member stations as part of the service's base schedule.
BBC World News began streaming its content on YouTube on 16 July 2017. The channel is available in the United States as part of Sling's World News add-on package.
From 2012 until it closed in 2016, BBC World News was available on LiveStation.
TV platforms in the United Kingdom (i.e. Freeview, Sky, BT TV, Freesat, Virgin) do not officially offer BBC World News as a standalone full-time channel because it carries and is funded by advertising (BBC's domestic channels are funded by a television licence fee which households and establishments that want to watch television programmes as they are being broadcast must pay), although it can be easily received due to its 'free-to-air' status on many European satellite systems, including Astra and Hot Bird and is available in selected London hotels. BBC World News can also be viewed in the public areas of Broadcasting House (the lobby and café).
However, some BBC World News programmes are officially available to UK audiences. Such programmes air on the BBC's domestic channels and some are available on-demand on the BBC's iPlayer. From 00.00 to 05.00 UK time, the top-of-the-hour news bulletins on BBC World News are simulcast on the BBC News Channel. At 01.30 weekdays, Asia Business Report and Sport Today also air on both channels. There is a simulcast of the 05:00 UK edition of The Briefing and Business Briefing on BBC One and the BBC News channel. This programme was previously branded as 'The World Today' (later a generic BBC World News bulletin) and World Business Report respectively. At 08.30 UK time, BBC Business Live airs on the BBC News Channel. BBC World News also produces a version of Outside Source at 21:00 UK time Monday-Thursday (seen on the BBC News Channel), World News Today at 19:00 Monday-Friday (seen on BBC Four), and 21:00 Friday-Sunday (seen on the BBC News Channel). World News Today replaced The World, which had been broadcast as a simulcast on BBC Four between 2002 and 2007.
Both World and the BBC News Channel have also occasionally had to simulcast the same news programme due to strike action or technical issues; this occurred in 2003 when Television Centre in London was affected by electrical problems.
Live news programmes:
Live business and sport programmes:
Half-hour BBC World News bulletins are made available to Public Broadcasting Service stations in the United States through Los Angeles' KCET, a non-commercial independent public television station which has been separate from PBS since the beginning of 2011 due to a rights fee dispute. 80 to 90% of Americans are able to receive the bulletins, though broadcast times vary between different localities. The programme is broadcast on several PBS stations in markets such as New York City and Washington DC.
On PBS stations, BBC World News is not broadcast with traditional commercials (the breaks are filled with news stories) but omits the Met Office international weather forecast at the end of the programme, replacing it with underwriting announcements. The PBS broadcasts are tape-delayed on some stations.
BBC America airs a three-hour block of BBC World News programmes from 05:00 to 08:00 on weekdays. Met Office forecasts are removed, and it is broadcast with advertisements.
BBC World News bulletins also appear on Hong Kong TVB English Channel instead of an NBC Nightly News simulcast from NBC News via its East Coast Feed at 07:30 Hong Kong Time (18:30 New York City Time), China 24 simulcasting on CGTN at 20:15 Beijing/Hong Kong Time and News at 7:30 at 19:30 Hong Kong Time. In Singapore, the English daily evening-nightly flagship mainly news bulletins appear on: MediaCorp's Channel NewsAsia instead of Singapore Tonight at 22:00 Singapore Standard Time.
Many airlines from across the world also 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. Airlines showing BBC World News include Garuda Indonesia, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Cathay Pacific, Air New Zealand, Air Canada and Qantas.
Another BBC World News programme, the hour-long BBC World News America , aired on BBC America at 19:00 Eastern Time. A second broadcast at 22:00 Eastern Time ended in 2010 when BBC America introduced a second feed for the western time zones of the US on 18 February 2011, it was announced that BBC World News America would no longer be broadcast on BBC America and would instead be broadcast only on BBC World and local PBS stations in the United States as a 30-minute program.
The channel also produced short bulletins for public transport services in Singapore and Hong Kong:
These broadcasts began with the statement: "Welcome to BBC World News on board the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit and Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway". The short bulletin was updated twice a day, and has since been replaced by a similar programme from MediaCorp's Channel NewsAsia.
Travellers on the Heathrow Express rail service between London Paddington and London Heathrow Airport could watch a summary of the headlines from BBC World News on the LCD screens provided.
BBC World News is, for the most part, the same channel all over the world; the commercials are intended to be the only differences. However, there are some regional programming variations. For example, a number of programmes are made exclusively for regional viewings, such as Indian feeds, and The Record Europe, which is only broadcast in Europe. Also, the weather focuses more on the area the viewer is watching from.
On most feeds of BBC World News, when there are no commercials being inserted by the cable or satellite provider similar to other channels, the break filler shows promotions for upcoming programmes on the channel. During BBC News, a news story that has not been promoted airs during what would be the commercial break. This is the case on the broadband versions of BBC World News, and on versions of BBC World News aired in the United States on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations. However, there are some global commercials and sponsorships which air throughout the network.
On 11 September 2007, the break filler was redesigned and now more closely resembles previous versions[ clarification needed ]. The promotional videos now fill the entire screen and are interspersed with news and market updates, schedules, and other information. There is also no longer a unifying music composition. Instead, each 20-second promotional video uses music selected from a handful of themes, which have some unifying musical characteristics. The information screens, such as the 10-second plug for the website or YouTube channel, and the 15-second weather/time/coming up screens each feature their own theme. The colour theme was updated following the relaunch of the channel in April 2008.
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