BBC reports record reach for global TV and radio services


More people around the world are tuning into the BBC than ever before, with BBC World Service radio and BBC World News TV reaching new highs.

In total, the BBC reaches a new record of 426m a week - an increase of 50m (13 percent) over the year, according to new figures released today.

The Global Audience Measure (GAM) shows BBC News has an audience of 394m globally, a rise of 47m. The BBC World Service in English, and 42 languages, account for 319m of that figure - with an increase of 41m.

BBC World Service in English and the BBC World News TV channel have both achieved all-time record audiences of 97m and 101m respectively. 

BBC World Service’s 42 language services have climbed to 259m. 

BBC Global News, the commercial subsidiary of BBC News which operates the BBC World News television channel and bbc.com, makes up most of the remainder and has seen increases across TV and digital of 6m, to 121m - another record high. Overall, BBC News has seen increases of 23m for TV (to 214m), 12m for audio (to 178m) and 18m for online (to 95m).

BBC Director-General Tony Hall says: 
"Every day our teams do an amazing job bringing independent, impartial news to audiences around the world, and today we can see just how much the BBC is valued. Thanks to Government investment we’ve been able to launch the biggest expansion of the World Service since the Second World War, and this shows how much the BBC can do for the UK."


The top 10 countries by BBC News audience are:
India 50m
Nigeria 41m
USA 38m
Kenya 15m
Afghanistan 12m
Bangladesh 12m
Egypt 11m
Iran 11m
Tanzania 10m
Pakistan 9m
[BBC stats]