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June 2007
BBC World has an estimated weekly audience reach of 71 million making it the BBC's biggest television service. The channel is available in over 274 million homes, 1.4 million hotel rooms, on 50 cruise ships, 38 airlines and 32 mobile phone platforms
May 2007
BBC World News launches BBC World, a new dedicated news and information channel on YouTube – offering 30 news clips a day to millions of internet users across the world.
February 2007
BBC World has an estimated weekly audience reach of 65 million making it the BBC's biggest television service.
November 2006
Won 'Best International News Channel' at the AIB Awards
October 2006
Won 'Best Media Partner' at the Warsaw Destination Alliance (WDA) Awards
September 2006
Won 'Leading TV channel for Travellers' at the 13th Annual World Travel Awards and BBC World News won 'Best News Channel' at the 2006 HOT BIRD TM TV
June 2006
BBC World is available in the United States on a 24-hour basis on Cablevision in the New York metropolitan area.
May 2006
BBC World's 'Putting News First' brand campaign wins GOLD at 10th annual PROMAX/BDA European Awards.
January 2006
BBC World announces a partnership agreement with Discovery to distribute the 24-hour channel in the U.S.
April 2005
BBC World adds three more hours each weekday of news and business coverage; two additional editions of World Business Report, and BBC News Extra is introduced
January 2005

BBC World currently available in 268 million households globally (128 million on a 24-hour basis), plus more than one million hotel rooms

The second phase of the 'Putting News First' campaign is due to be launched on-air and in print from 29th September.

January 2005

The biggest brand campaign for BBC World since the start of the channel 10 years ago is launched on 27th January. 'Putting News First' reaffirms the channel's newsgathering strengths and the extraordinary commitment of the teams who contribute to the channel's output.

New on-screen graphics and a brighter studio set are unveiled

October 2004
BBC World is voted Europe's Best News Channel 2004 at the HOT BIRD(tm) TV Awards
July 2004
BBC World grows faster than any other news channel in EMS 2004 daily audience research
June 2004
BBC World becomes available in more than a million hotel rooms globally for the first time
April 2004
BBC World is presented with an Industry Innovator Award by the Society of Satellite Professionals International [SSPI], in recognition of the channel's success in using satellites to distribute its signal around the globe
March 2004
The Zayed International Prize for the Environment is awarded to BBC World in recognition of its commitment to global environmental issues
June 2003

BBC World now provides up to 91 hours per week of Japanese translation, including all peak-time viewing

More than 250 correspondents based around the world with 58 international BBC News bureaux

BBC World bulletins now reach 86 per cent of US households through PBS channels and BBC America

Bilingual BBC World bulletins begin on China Airlines in English and Japanese

BBC World currently available in 256 million homes (103 million 24-hour), plus 890,000 hotel rooms

May 2003

BBC World named the most trusted news channel during the war in a pan-European media survey

BBC World awarded digital terrestrial frequency in Berlin, which is about to switch off all analogue TV transmissions

April 2003
Ratings for BBC World bulletins on New York PBS channel WNET rose by 33 per cent during Iraqi conflict
March 2003

Iraqi conflict - BBC World News is made available to an additional 77 million homes through deals with foreign broadcasters

BBC World received extensive praise in US newspapers and its American viewers for unbiased, considered Iraqi coverage

BBC World now available full-time in United Nations headquarters in New York

Face To Face Pakistan programme launches

December 2002

BBC World transferred from BBC World Newswide to the BBC's Global News Division under Mark Byford

Advertising sales team achieved the channel's highest ever revenues, despite the depressed market

BBC World distribution exceeds 100 million full-time homes for the first time

November 2002
AC Nielsen ratings gave BBC World its highest ever daily audience in the US (840,000), greater than CNN or MSNBC
October 2002
BBC World won the Hotbird Award for best news channel
September 2002
BBC World marks the first anniversary of September 11 attacks with special series of programmes
July 2002
Arab World Direct, Question Time Pakistan and Fast Track programmes launched
June 2002
BBC World returned to the standard cable package in Amsterdam
May 2002
BBC World becomes available on US domestic flights by United Airlines
April 2002

BBC World and BBC World Service received the George Polk Awards for excellence in journalism during 2001

BBC World purchases Satellite News Corporation in Japan and increases the hours of its translation service by 50 per cent

March 2002
BBC World available in 253 million households (101 million 24-hour)
February 2002
BBC World available in more than 200 million homes for the first time (90 million 24-hour)
December 2001

BBC and Discovery Communications agree to widen availability of BBC World News bulletins in the US

BBC World audiences in South East Asia increased for the fourth successive year in PAX survey

November 2001
BBC World began broadcasting to 26,000 American servicemen and women at army bases in South Korea
September 2001
Coverage of September 11 attacks enhanced BBC World's reputation globally
June 2001
Spanish subtitling began for Latin American audiences
May 2001
BBC World began supplying bulletins on all Virgin Atlantic flights
April 2001
Advertising revenue reached record level under restructured sales team
March 2001
BBC World available in 180 million homes (80 million 24-hour) across 200 countries and territories
February 2001
BBC World ratings in Hong Kong are more than twice that of CNN and CNBC combined in AC Nielsen figures
November 2000

BBC World watched by 23 per cent of affluent adults and decision-makers in Asia each week, according to PAX survey

BBC World is the only major news network not to wrongly call the result of the US presidential election

October 2000
BBC World News received Silver Nymph Award in Monte Carlo for its coverage of the Middle East conflict
July 2000
British Airways signed one-year contract to underwrite BBC World bulletins on US public access channels
April 2000
"Making sense of it all" advertising campaign launched globally
March 2000
BBC World available in 160 million homes (70 million 24-hour)
March 1999
BBC World available in 125 million homes (50 million 24-hour), having tripled reach in North America
January 1999
Named the fastest-growing pan-European news channel for third year running by European Media & Marketing Survey
November 1998
BBC World began broadcasting bulletins on public service stations across the US BBC World News moved from Eutelsat IIF1 to Hotbird 5 in Europe
October 1998

BBC World moved to the world's first ever 24-hour fully digital newsroom

BBC World named best news channel at HOTBIRDTM Awards

September 1998
BBC World began broadcasting to around 350,000 homes on cable in Finland
July 1998
BBC World exceeds two million homes in Latin America for the first time
June 1998
Passengers on Heathrow Express trains can now watch BBC World bulletins
April 1998
BBC World reaches one million homes in Israel for the first time
March 1998

BBC World distribution in Germany rises by 50 per cent through new cable agreement

BBC World available in 52 million homes and 400,000 hotel rooms

February 1998
BBC World migrated from PAS 3 to PAS 5 for the Americas
November 1997
BBC News Online launched
March 1997
BBC World available in 41 million homes
November 1996
BBC World launched into Latin America on PAS 3 and DTH
August 1996
BBC World awarded terrestrial frequency in Berlin, the first foreign broadcaster anywhere to be granted such a licence
April 1996
BBC World moved from Asiasat 1 to Panamsat 4 and Panamsat 2 in Asia and the Middle East
March 1996
BBC World available in 38 million homes
March 1995
BBC World available in 24 million households
January 1995
BBC World launched in its present form - available in Europe, Asia and the Middle East
December 1992
Channel extended to Africa with MultiChoice
October 1991
BBC World Service Television launched across Asia and the Middle East

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