With this, the BBC will be available in 40 global languages, English included. The extension of multiple languages is part of BBC’s 2020 project, under which BBC aims to reach half a billion people in the world and increase access to news and information.
The global news broadcaster plans to create 157 new roles in Delhi in India and expand its bureau. The expansion into Indian languages is set for late 2017 but the BBC does not mention a timeline or dates. To achieve this, BBC World received funding from the British government in November, 2015. It intends to use the funds for enhancing its services in Russia, North Korea and the MENA region. Initially, it received £34 million in 2016-17 and £85 million from 2017-18 for TV and radio. The next review of this funding will be in 2020.
News in Indic languages
The media organizations operating in India are realizing that it is important to push regional languages to penetrate deeper in the country, as only a fraction of the country’s population is English-friendly. A Google and KPMG report on Indic languages showed that around 180 million Internet users could be added by 2021 for pushing news in local languages.
-In January this year, MediaNama reported that The Indian Express group of publications is using digital to extend its reach in the Indic language markets, beyond Hindi (Jansatta) and Marathi (Loksatta. Indian Express Digital, the group’s digital arm had shared its plan to launch sites in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Bangla next.
-In October 2015, Times Internet launched a regional language news and entertainment portal called Samayam in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu. The same month, the Quint launched a Hindi version of its website.
– Local language news aggregator Dailyhunt raised $25 million last year in October, from China-based Bytedance, and other existing investors like Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital India, Falcon Edge, Omidyar and former Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin.