Modern BBC editorial priorities. This from Jim Egan, CEO of BBC Global News Ltd, announcing the opening of a "Toronto bureau", producing a Canadian edition of bbc.com.
"We’ve had a significant TV, radio and online presence in Canada for many years, and the BBC is uniquely placed to provide Canadian audiences with the global perspective on stories that matter to them. These new investments will offer Canadian audiences an enriched and more relevant user experience, as well as enabling us to enhance our offer to partners and advertisers in Canada who want to reach our large, upscale audience both nationally and internationally.”
Three jobs are being created in Toronto. Meanwhile, BBC Monitoring is to close its operation in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, and cut around 40% of editorial jobs based at Caversham near Reading.
A reminder of the revised BBC 'purpose' worldwide as suggested in the Charter renewal White Paper.
Reflecting the UK, its culture and values to the world.
The BBC should provide high-quality news coverage to international audiences, firmly based on British values of accuracy, impartiality, and fairness. Its international services should put the UK in a world context, aiding understanding of all parts of the UK. It should ensure that it produces content which will be enjoyed by people in the UK and globally.