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80 years of the BBC World Service

Publié par Clifford Armion le 03/01/2012

Peter Popham

Celebrating its 80th birthday yesterday, the BBC World Service announced that seven million Iranians now tune in to its broadcasts, a rise of 85 per cent over three years. That's an index both of popular hostility to the Ahmadinejad regime and of the vital role of the World Service in keeping people on both sides informed.

Yesterday, the Service threw open its doors to let its public see and hear its inner workings. Among all the slightly bilious self-congratulation there was the occasional reality check. For the first time ever the morning editorial conference, known as 'the Nine O'Clock', was broadcast live as 40 or so senior editors sat around a table and explained how they saw the news day ahead. The polite consensus was shattered by Africa service editor Josephine Hazeley, who argued that putting Mitt Romney's primary wins at the top of news bulletins gave too much prominence to what was "a local American story." This chimed with feedback from the audience: a colleague admitted that listeners were "bored rigid with American politics."

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"80 years of the BBC World Service", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), janvier 2012. Consulté le 27/09/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/80-years-of-the-bbc-world-service