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Welcoming Language Diversity on BBC World Service

Friday, September 24, 2004

MP for Sheffield Heeley, Meg Munn, has welcomed the recent launch of online news services in minority languages by BBC Online and the BBC World Service. The new services now allow the diverse members of Meg’s Sheffield Heeley constituency access to a range of BBC online services and at the same time challenge the social exclusion of some members of the ethnic minority community.


Meg said:

"The BBC World Service provides an excellent news service around the globe, so I’m delighted that there are now more services for local people too."


Via the internet, the people of Sheffield Heeley can now access audio and text based news and information in a variety of languages including Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Arabic, Somali, Turkish Persian and Albanian.  There are also services on the BBC Asian Network in Mirpuri, Gujerati and Punjabi. In total, news is now available via BBC Online in 43 languages.


According to 2001 Census data, the ethnic minority population of Sheffield has risen by 8% to 45, 000 since 1991. 4.6% of the population of Sheffield now class themselves as Asian or British Asian, whilst 1% are African and 0.9% who class themselves as ‘Other’.


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