BBC extends YouTube relationship with new shows

BBC Global News has extended its relationship with YouTube and will add six BBC video news channels in Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Persian and Urdu to its existing BBC World News channel on the Google-owned service.
The deal means YouTube users will have access to high quality, independent and impartial news clips produced by the BBC World Service in six languages.
Video news stories will run each day across the different language Channels and each channel will be branded and tailored to its specific audience. Videos will also be fully discoverable via Google Video search.
Jim Egan, Director of Strategy and Business Development, BBC Global News, said: “This deal reflects BBC Global News’ determination to reach and engage with audiences across the world in unique and pioneering ways.”
Patrick Walker, YouTube’s Director of Video Partnerships for Europe, Middle East and Africa, says: “YouTube is a truly global platform that connects millions of people from all over the world, many of whom have a strong interest in international news.
“By bringing top quality news content to the YouTube community in many languages, the BBC is taking an innovative step to engage with this large and diverse audience.”
The six new news channels are set to launch by the end of this year – sadly, silly licensing restrictions mean these new channels aren’t available in the UK.

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