The BBC World Service will launch 11 new language services as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s.
BBC Worldwide Service said it will expand its services in 11 new languages, including four Indian languages including Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi and Punjabi with a focus on radio services, mobile, and video content.
BBC currently offers its content in Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil. It currently broadcasts in 29 languages around the world to 246 million people weekly. BBC has set a target to reach 500 million people worldwide by its centenary in 2022.
“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.