BBC World Service announces biggest expansion 'since the 1940s'

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Asian languages: "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.

"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.

Other expansion plans include: £289m investment 11 new languages 12 new or expanded daily TV and digital bulletins 40 languages covered after expansion 500m people reached by 2022 - double the current number 1,300 new jobs, mostly non-UK Fran Unsworth, the BBC's World Service director, said: "Through war, revolution and global change, people around the world have relied on the World Service for independent, trusted, impartial news.

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