BBC to broadcast in 4 more Indian languages

BBC World Service said it plans to broadcast in four more Indian languages as part of what it describes as its biggest expansion since the 1940s. Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu will add to the Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Bengali language services already being used by the news broadcaster.
“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,“ he said. The expansion is a result of a funding boost announced by the UK government last year.
The first new services are expected to launch by next year.

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