Last year, the BBC World Service undertook its biggest expansion since the 1940's, having launched 12 new language services in Africa and Asia in just nine months.
Teams in Nigeria, India, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Korea and Serbia were developed to bring the BBC's journalism to wider audiences around the world, in a range of languages including Afaan Oromo, Gujarati, Pidgin, Tigrinya, and Yoruba.
In this week's podcast, we speak to digital development editor Dmitry Shishkin, who is responsible for the digital development of the BBC's language services.
Shishkin saw the expansion, which was the result of a funding boost by the UK government, as not only an opportunity to grow the BBC's portfolio to 41 language news services, but to invest in the existing ones as well, tackling any content deficiencies, funding tools and product development, and resetting culture change in the organisation.
Free daily newsletter
- How coffee breaks with users brought reality checks and culture change to Sweden’s public broadcaster
- What will be the lasting legacy of the pandemic on the digital media world?
- Five steps news organisations need to take today to prepare for the uncertain future
- Elisabeth Gamperl of Süddeutsche Zeitung on metrics anxiety in the newsroom
- Newsrooms need to think more like tech giants