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BBC World News celebrates 25 years | @BBCWorld @Foxtel

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The award-winning 24-hour TV channel, BBC World News, is celebrating its 25th birthday this month and will mark its silver anniversary with a special on-screen look.

BBC World News is available in Australia via Foxtel and Fetch TV.

The English language channel originally launched with a half hour news bulletin as World Service Television (WSTV) on Monday 11th March 1991, when it replaced BBC TV Europe.  At the time it inherited 700,000 subscribers but nowadays the channel is available in 433 million households across the world.

Eight months later, WSTV became a 24 hour news operation and launched in Asia – the start of its rapid growth which would eventually see it become available in more than 200 countries and territories.

In 1995 it relaunched as BBC World before changing its name to BBC World News in 2008 and moving to a new 24/7 multi-platform building dubbed ‘the world’s news room’ in 2013.

The original news team comprised of six journalists from the World Service team and six from television news.  Today, BBC World News has access to the expertise of thousands of journalists based in over a hundred cities and state-of-the-art studios across the world.

Speaking about the anniversary, BBC Global News Ltd CEO Jim Egan said, “The world has changed dramatically for all of us in the past 25 years and so has the way we get news from the field to our viewers. But our commitment to providing accurate, impartial news of the highest quality to international audiences is unwavering. We’re proud that, in a world of great uncertainty and in a news industry which is every bit as volatile, BBC World News continues to grow and is the most trusted source of global television news available anywhere.”

The BBC's commercially funded international 24-hour English news platforms, are owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd.  BBC World News television is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 433 million households and 1.8 million hotel rooms. The channel's content is also available on 178 cruise ships, 53 airlines and 23 mobile phone networks.

During the 24 hour news cycle, BBC World News programmes are anchored from London, Singapore and Washington, complemented by rolling breaking news coverage and reports from journalists across the world. 



AIRDATE - Her Story: The Female Revolution | @Foxtel @BBCWorld

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Mishal Husain
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BBC World News will premiere a new four-part series, Her Story: The Female Revolution from 20th February, which will profile women from around the world who are defining the struggle for equality in the 21st century.

With access to some of the most powerful and influential women in the world, as well as women working at the grassroots level, BBC World News will explore how women are taking charge and leading in an often male-dominated world.  The series was co-produced by J. Walter Thompson Entertainment Productions, alongside award-winning production company Films of Record.

Narrated by the BBC’s Mishal Husain, the series explores how women are forging new paths, defying expectations and redefining different spheres of life, from leadership to religion; work to marriage; motherhood and sex.

Women, overall, are still poorer and have fewer rights than men, but significant progress has been made this century. The number of female world leaders has doubled in the last 10 years. Girls now enrol at primary school at almost the same rate as boys, and in many countries, women outnumber men at university.

Each episode is told through the eyes of five or six women from across the world, including: the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė; Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde; the author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler; and Inna Shevchenko, founder of feminist activist group FEMEN.

Mary Wilkinson, Head of Content for BBC World News, said:

“Whether achieving success at the grassroots of society, the corridors of power or in industries where men still dominate, this series features women who are bringing about change and giving other women more control over their lives. This is a great opportunity for the BBC’s global audience to meet a range of women from every strata of society, who refuse to be limited by the traditional expectations of a women’s place in the world.”



Saturday 20 February at 8.10pm AEDT

The first episode will explore the role of female leadership in the 21st century. The episode follows several high-profile female leaders, including Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström; the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė; President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet; Mayor of Soda in Rajasthan, Chhavi Rajawat; and Kurdish female fighters in the Women’s Protection Unit (YPJ). The episode will examine how the perception of leadership has changed, and how female leaders are redefining stereotypes associated with power and leadership.



Saturday 27 February at 8.10pm AEDT

The second episode will examine how women from the deserts of West Africa to the cities of China are redefining the place of marriage, childbirth and sex in their lives. The episode follows author of The Vagina Monologues, Eve Ensler; 19-year-old Balkissa Chaibou, who is fighting against child marriage in Niger; reproductive rights campaigner, Morena Herrera from El Salvador; Chinese sexologist and LGBT activist, Li Yinhe; and former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, who faced criticism because of her decision not to have children. The women in this episode expose the fault lines in what it means to be a woman and a mother around the world today.



Saturday 5 March at 8.10pm AEDT

The third episode follows the stories of women who are working to promote gender equality within their own religious faiths. The episode follows lawyer and Orthodox Jew, Riki Shapira, and Muslim journalist Asra Nomani, both campaigning for women’s religious rights and the right to pray alongside men; Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, an excommunicated Catholic bishop determined to lead within her own faith; Inna Shevchenko, founder of feminist activist group FEMEN; and the Buddhist monk, Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, who is on a mission to build up bhikkhuni sangha (female monkhood) in Thailand, where it is illegal for women to be monks.



Saturday 12 March at 8.10pm AEDT

The final episode of the series will focus on the lives of women that are breaking through in the most unexpected places, and the ongoing fight to be economically independent and equal. The episode will follow Iranian racing driver, Laleh Seddigh; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, who has balanced a high-powered career with family and motherhood; chemist and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, whose business model is geared up to provide women with more opportunities; Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female film director, who battled restrictive cultural codes to bring the stories of Saudi women to a wider global audience; and Joênia Wapixana, the first indigenous female lawyer in Brazil.


BBC World News puts the focus on Greg Norman this weekend @Foxtel @FetchTV

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Greg Norman image - BBC World News

Greg Norman
image - BBC World News

Saturday 8th August  at 12.30pm (AEST)
Sunday 9th August at 9.30am and 8.30pm (AEST)

This weekend Sports Extra on BBC World News will feature a special profile on Australian Golfer and Businessman Greg Norman.

The former Open champion Greg tells how he dealt with the pressure of being the world’s best golfer for 331 weeks (second only to Tiger Woods) and the disappointment of having more than one major championship snatched from under his nose.  In a wide-ranging interview with Chris Mitchell, the Australian, who turned 60 in February, also reveals how being an expert surfer helped him turn professional, how he would allow loud music to be played on golf courses to attract younger players, and about the chainsaw accident in 2014 that almost saw him lose the use of his left hand.

BBC World News is available in Australia on Foxtel and Fetch TV


The Children of the Gaza War - Special Presentation this weekend on BBC World News @Foxtel

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This weekend BBC World News will be airing a special presentation Children of the Gaza War. The program is presented by award winning BBC World News correspondent Lyse Doucet.


Kidnapped for a Decade - A BBC World Special Interview This Weekend @Foxtel

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This Saturday BBC World News will air Our World: Kidnapped for a Decade, an interview with two of the girls who were kidnapped and held captive for 10 years by Ariel Castro in Cleveland, Ohio before escaping.


Undaunted: Chasing History at the Boston Marathon - This weekend on BBC World News

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Following the recent guilty verdict of the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and with the two year anniversary of the tragedy on the 15th April,  this weekend BBC World News will air the following documentary:


Inside the Secret State of Eritrea - A Special Report this weekend on BBC World News @Foxtel

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Yalda Hakim in Eritrea image - supplied/BBC WorldwideANZ

Yalda Hakim in Eritrea
image - supplied/BBC WorldwideANZ

Broadcasting on BBC World News (All times AEDT)
Saturday March 14th 7.30am4.30pm10.30pm
Monday March 16th 9.30am

Yalda Hakim has just completed filming a documentary in Eritrea, which will air on BBC World News this weekend. It is the first time in 12 years the BBC has been allowed to film in the country.

Eritrea has been described as one of the most secretive states in the world. Every year, thousands of people flee indefinite military service and arbitrary imprisonment. But now, for the first time in around a decade, BBC News has been allowed to film inside the country. The authorities want to show off some positive news – they say child mortality is falling, maternal health is improving, and malaria has almost been wiped out.

But alongside the gleaming hospitals on show, will Our World’s Yalda Hakim get a glimpse of why so many young Eritreans will risk everything to leave the country.  


BBC to focus the worlds attention on Manus Island Detention Centre this weekend @Foxtel

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Australia's immigration policy will come under the worlds microscope this weekend as the BBC presents a special documentary program filmed at the Manus Island Detention Centre.


David Coulthard takes viewers behind the scenes of Formula One on BBC World News

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With the high octane world of Formula One racing about to return to Australia in March, BBC World News is taking a closer look at the sport in a new three-part series.


The Billion Dollar Gamble: A BBC World News special this weekend @Foxtel

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It’s the first planned Palestinian city: a billion dollar project to build homes for 25,000 people with a soccer stadium and even an amphitheatre, complete with Roman columns.