Record numbers are tuning in to BBC coverage of war in Ukraine, broadcaster says

BBC Director General Tim Davie said the BBC was playing “an indispensable role in spreading impartial news around the world” as coverage of Ukraine hits record levels.

An estimated 280 million people from Britain and around the world watched the BBC’s online news edition in the first week of the conflict, the broadcaster said.

The company said it expects to meet its goal of reaching 500 million people outside the UK each week, thereby “accelerating the digital transformation of world service”.

The broadcaster published the figures in its annual plan for 2022/23.

Davie said: “The BBC plays a vital role in delivering impartial news around the world, with 456 million people worldwide using our services every week and counting.

“This annual plan shows that significant progress has been made in reforming the BBC, but we will continue to transform the organization to deliver value for all audiences in the digital age.”

The BBC is Britain’s best-known cultural export, with 60% awareness worldwide, the company said.

In addition, over 90% of UK adults have used the BBC every week over the last 12 months.

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The foreword to the annual plan also referred to the license fee, which is to remain frozen at its current price of £159 for two years, as announced by Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS). , in January.

The license fee then increases for the following four years in line with inflation.

“While we recognize that the royalty is a privilege, this is a disappointing result at a time of high inflation and media superinflation,” the annual plan reads.

It added: “Longer term we need to make more radical changes to continue delivering value to all audiences and expect to release details of the first phase before the summer.

“Finally, we look forward to the BBC’s centenary in October, as we celebrate 100 years of information, education and entertainment in Britain and the world, and look forward to the next 100 years of the BBC.”

Richard Sharp, Chairman of the BBC, added: “This annual plan shows that there is a need now more than ever for truthful, independent news and uniquely British content.

“Our plan shows the challenges and opportunities in the media market.

“We will continue to drive change in our public service and commercial operations to fulfill our duty.”

The BBC announced it will also be launching a new BBC News app and launching a new target that 25% of its staff should be from low socio-economic backgrounds by 2027 in order to better serve “the audience we serve” as part of their Audience reflect plans.

Alongside the annual report, the company announced a number of appointments to the BBC Studios board.

The BBC Commercial Board (formerly known as the BBC Commercial Holdings Board) will for the first time, according to the company, comprise a “majority of external non-executive directors who together bring commercial, financial and digital experience and extensive global media and corporate expertise Technology”.

Sir Damon Buffini has been appointed chairman, while Bhav Singh and Gunjan Bhow join as non-executive directors. Record numbers are tuning in to BBC coverage of war in Ukraine, broadcaster says

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