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BBC World is the BBC's international news and current affairs television channel. It has the biggest audience of any BBC channel. Launched in 1991 as BBC World Service Television, BBC World broadcasts for 24 hours with programming including BBC News bulletins, documentaries, lifestyle programmes and interviews. Its main global competitor is CNN International, though it also competes with other major news broadcasting companies. It is considered to be the most watched 'news' channel beating CNN and Al Jazeera English.

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      31.05.2009 23:07

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      Up-to-the-minute and worldwide

      Never more so than in the last few days, BBC America has excelled itself with the coverage of the recent tragic events in New York City, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. From the beginning, it gave up-to-the-moment information as it became available, and was as complete as local US coverage. Since then, it has continued to update us on the situation, on the rescue efforts, on the people stories behind the headlines. The sheer amount of reporting was amazing. This is not unusual, though. I tend to watch the World News on BBC and then turn to my local network for the news in my state. The World News definitely gives me better coverage on news outside of the US. The other networks only tend to cover stories that have some tie to the US, where the BBC gives me news from all over. On BBC I learned about the events at Holy Cross School in Belfast - which received no coverage on my local station whatsoever. I have nothing but praise for the Beeb with regard to their coverage of world-wide news. They provide concise information, which appears to be unbiased, so that we can see what is going on in the world around us. Thanks to those who bring us the news and those who work behind the scenes. This is our world and we ned to know what is going on in it.

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      05.02.2009 16:04
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      great coverage

      It has been many years since John Reith first established the values of the BBC. The BBC World channel is perhaps one of only few BBC channels which still upholds the tradtional Reithian values. What is on it: The channel aims to provide impartial and informative news coverage on events on around the world. I would say that is unrivalled in terms of quality and agenda and always manages to capture stories from the most appropriate angle. Bias: It is the BBC's aim to deliver the news packages without a bias, I feel this value is upheld and there is no leaning to any political party or favouritism shown. Royalty: The BBC has long held strong ties with the Royal family and it is perhaps no surprise that the service features quite a lot of coverage on the Royals. You might notice that when news is compiled, stories about the Royals often are at the top of the ladder in terms of national importance. Presentation: All BBC reporters speak 'the Queen's English' are usual given an area to focus upon. There will be one reporter for politics, one for education and so on Verdict: Broadcasting 24 hours a day, BBC World provides up to date and informative news which can be understood by people of all ages. I find it a trustworthy and reliable service

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        12.01.2002 04:26
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        In my opinion this station is great it offers good, accurate news whever you are in the world. The specicific news programs on this channel are also great i.e. world business report, Hard talk etc. What makes this channel particularly good however is that it can be streamed through their internet site to everywhere in the world. Its use of good well trained reporters that do not make mistakes when reading the reports makes a good change from CNN where the reporters regularly mess up when reading the news. A good accurate news program offering inpartial news wereever you are in the world. Highly recommended.

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          03.06.2001 21:52
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          What is the BBC world service all about. I travel to many parts of the world as part of my job, (not glamorous like Judith Chalmers etc.) I would love to be able to hear of news/events at home occasionally. Wherever I happen to be I can usually receive the BBC world service, either by radio (short wave long distance or locally). Or nowadays by TV. For reasons I cannot fathom, the BBC is obsessed with all things Asia, i.e. business reports, markets or any matters. This Asian content seems to dominate if I am on the opposite side of the globe from there. I could say the news repeats itself to much, but bearing in mind time differences across the globe I can understand that. The content of the news is the most disappointing thing though. A major story can sometimes take the whole news half hour, only to be repeated again and again. Ex-pats don't get a look in about anything going on in he UK. A UK news round occasionally would not be too much to ask. They put on programmes like "top gear" now and then and the "hard talk" shows are quite good. Thumbs down to the patronising "Click online" which pays a lip service to the computing world. Even this always appears to be biased to the Asian sector. I will say that the weather reporting service is good on a global level, giving a wider coverage. On TV the teletext service is a little helpful, but could do better in terms of UK content i.e. the lottery results can take days to update. Football results seem confined to the major events. BBC, I think try to emulate CNN, but it does not come off. At least CNN keep you informed of things Europe if your in Europe for example.

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          26.08.2000 22:07

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          BBC WORLD is simply a news channel, which is not widely available in the UK, If you visit a hotel or you go abroad that’s where you usually find BBC WORLD, it’s a commercial channel that offers news to people around the world it’s a lot like BBC NEWS 24 but its more comparable to CNN offering news to a world audience. BBC WORLD is also available 4 times a day on BBC America it offers the main news for BBC America viewers. BB WORLD also shows many of the programmes you can find on BBC NEWS 24, examples include “Business today” and Hard Talk”.

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