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BBC plans new technology and studio capacity for news channel merger

The Corporation said it intends to visualise existing radio programmes for the new channel

As part of its plan to merge its existing UK and international news channels into one, the BBC has said it intends to invest in new technology and studio capacity.

The investment will be used to visualise popular radio programmes, a trend which is becoming increasingly popular with news channels.

BBC News will be broadcast around the world, and feature new flagship programmes built around high-profile journalists, and programmes commissioned for multiple platforms, said the BBC.

A new live and breaking news team will provide universally available coverage of global breaking news, and – when relevant – a domestic-only stream for UK-specific news events, added the broadcaster.

The channel will be broadcast from London during UK daytime hours, and then Singapore and Washington DC.

The channel, which will be called BBC News, is expected to launch in April 2023.

BBC News digital director Naja Nielsen said: “Our aim is to create the best live and breaking video news service in the world – on our web pages, our apps, on BBC iPlayer and on our new TV news channel.

“As the world’s most trusted source of news, with a huge depth and breadth of expertise, the BBC is uniquely placed to offer audiences the best analysis and explanation as these stories are unfolding. So we are investing in new capability to cover breaking news stories, and our news channel and digital teams will work hand in hand to bring the best journalism to audiences both at home and abroad.”