Nigerian Pidgin 30m
Afaan Oromo 24m
That's a new market totalling over 500m - and good old BBC Advertising is already on the case.
Target non-English speaking audiences all around the world to get more traction on your next campaign https://t.co/9FR6dCNfoo https://t.co/pm9R8nYHgT— BBC_Advertising (@BBC_Advertising) November 16, 2016
It's a pleasure to read that there'll also be additional investment in World Service English, "with new programmes, more original journalism, and a broader agenda". It would be interesting to know if this is new money from the Foreign Office or from James Harding's licence-fee pot.
The BBC says this is the biggest expansion since the 1940s, with broadcasting planned for 40 languages including English, by the end of 2017. Ahem. In 2005 the World Service was broadcasting in 43 languages including English: Albanian, Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Burmese, Caribbean-English, Cantonese, French for Africa, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Mandarin, Nepali, Pashto, Persian, Portuguese for Brazil, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, and Vietnamese plus Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Kazakh, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, and Thai - the last ten pulled in 2006.