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BBC World Service in Beirut launches video packages

BBC Minute presenter Olivia Le Poidevin

The BBC World Service has launched new video versions of BBC Minute – dynamic 60-second news bursts aimed at younger audiences around the world – and signed new broadcasting agreements with radio stations in Egypt and Jordan.

Audio versions of BBC Minute are already used by partner stations around the world who broadcast them on their own stations. Now, BBC Minute Video will allow partners to share lively 60 second news videos on their own websites and social media. The BBC Minute team are in Beirut today, 28th September, to mark the launch of BBC Minute Video and broadcast for 12 hours from the studios of partner station Radio One Lebanon.

The launch of BBC Minute Video comes at the same time as BBC Minute signs up two new partner stations – Nile FM in Cairo, Egypt, and Mood FM in Amman, Jordan – who will take audio versions of BBC Minute, bringing the BBC’s trusted journalism to new audiences in the Middle East.  Both stations broadcast popular music and entertainment shows attracting millions of listeners every day and offer an impressive line-up of local and international presenters and talents.

Speaking about the event, Stephen Titherington, Sr Commissioning Editor of BBC World Service English said: “With new BBC Minute Video, partners can now share vision as well as sound with their audience. We are delighted to have two new partners in Egypt and Jordan, bringing BBC Minute’s fresh sounding news coverage to more audiences in the region.”

Broadcast in the English language, BBC Minute bulletins are vibrant audio summaries of the news headlines and topical stories delivered in a high-energy style that entertains as much as it educates and informs. It is broadcast twice an hour, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week by a team of young journalists in London. The team also produce BBC Minute On … which focus on a single subject or key story in more detail and is broadcast twice daily. Now the latest product in the range has launched – BBC Minute Video – providing a new and visual way for partners to share news stories with their digitally connected audiences. The expansion of the range of BBC Minute material is part of the World Service 2020 project which has been supported by UK Government investment in the BBC World Service.