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UK announces 8M pounds in new funding for BBC projects

UK Foreign office. Photo: FCDO/UK government

London, May 1 (MNN) The UK government on Saturday announced 8 million pounds in new funding for BBC World Service projects to tackle harmful disinformation, challenge inaccurate reporting around the world and improve digital engagement.

The funding announced by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will support the BBC World Service’s investigative journalism, expanding the reach of its work to report in an unbiased and impartial way, the Foreign Office said.

This follows the success of their ‘Reality Check’, ‘Africa Eye’ and ‘Arabic Investigations’ programmes, which have challenged fake news around the world.

The new package will also help to build international audiences, improving the digital platforms available to people in countries such as India, Kenya and Nigeria.

Raab said: “In a world where states and criminal gangs twist the news to exploit others, it is vital to safeguard independent and objective news reporting around the world.”

This new funding will allow the BBC World Service to take impartial journalism to many more people around the world, by countering those who distort the truth to mislead the public.

This new support comes shortly after the publication of the Government’s Integrated Review, which underlined the need to fight disinformation to protect the UK against state threats. The Saturday’s announcement will help support efforts to counter those.

Welcoming the announcement, BBC Director General Tim Davie said: “We welcome this investment in the World Service which builds on the significant results achieved since the funding programme began in 2016.”

Through this partnership, the World Service has achieved an all-time record audience of 351 million, in 42 languages including English, with the BBC’s global News services now reaching 438 million every week.

More than a third of the total BBC News global audience – 151 million – access BBC News digitally and this additional support will enable us to further strengthen our digital offer and tackle global disinformation.

The funding announced today comes on top of previous funding for the BBC’s World2020 programme from the FCDO since 2016, which has meant impartial news is available in 12 additional languages.

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