Industry Updates

Record-Breaking Year For

30 Jan 2017

  • hit record high in 2016
  • Site and apps viewed 15 billion times, with almost 100m unique browsers each month
  • Three senior appointments, expansion and investment in online video planned for 2017
  • New unit to combat fake news confirmed success in 2016 - Globally and in South Africa had a record-breaking year in 2016, boasting 98 million unique browsers each month. Along with the news and sport mobile apps, the global news and features site generated more than 15 billion page views across the year.

Friday 24th June - the day of the UK’s European Union referendum result was the site’s busiest single day, with 114 million page views and 21 million unique browsers.  The result of the US Presidential election generated the second highest figure, followed by the terrorist attacks in Nice and Brussels.

Alongside news, the sport and culture areas of the site also saw record figures.

In South Africa, over 1.3 million unique browsers a month accessed across desktop and mobile for breaking news, sport, analysis and features in 2016, a 7% year on year increase and a record high for the site.  They generated over 10 million page views, up 4% on 2015.

Jim Egan, CEO for BBC Global News Ltd, said: “The BBC has been in the business of accurate, independent and impartial news for more than 90 years. In a ‘post-truth’ world we believe our mission is as important as ever. Building on last year’s success we have a series of appointments, investments and initiatives planned for 2017 to help audiences follow and make sense of this year’s momentous news events around the world.”

New appointments
2017 kicked off with the appointment of three senior executives in BBC Global News Ltd, which is responsible for alongside 24 hour news channel BBC World News.

Jamie Angus has taken on the role of Editorial Director.  Formerly editor of BBC radio’s flagship morning news programme, Today, Jamie provides strategic editorial leadership for GNL’s commercial international news offering and will oversee the feature sections of when they become part of an expanded GNL on 1st April 2017.

Chris Davies, formerly Sales and Marketing Director, takes on the newly created role of Commercial Director which incorporates his original remit, along with taking responsibility for global distribution and overall revenue generation.

Mark Jones will be Digital Director.  Previously Head of Product at BBC Worldwide, Mark will lead the team working on the technical development of and its associated products, including the news and feature apps.  He will focus on further developing the BBC’s international online video offering, which will benefit from renewed investment in 2017.

Combating fake news and delivering in-depth analysis
The BBC will weigh in on the battle over fake news by continuing its innovative ‘Reality Check’ assessments when it identifies claims without foundation and deliberately misleading stories masquerading as news.  Reality Check was launched in early 2016 as a fact-checking service during the UK’s EU referendum and will now have an expanded, permanent team dedicated to creating content which examines the facts and claims behind a story to determine whether or not it is true. The feature will run in a variety of formats across TV, radio and online.

There will also be a stronger emphasis on ‘slow news’ alongside breaking news – meaning more in-depth analysis of topics - with data, investigations, analysis and expertise – to explain the world we’re living in and provide context around the issues impacting people today.  Already two thirds of people who consume BBC News say it helps them understand a story better.  An ‘expert network’ has also been created, with invited intellectual institutions and think tanks with exceptional expertise providing insight, analysis and research, and data journalism will become a core element of the BBC’s expertise in visual journalism.

BBC World News and, the BBC’s commercially funded international 24-hour English news platforms, are operated by BBC Global News Ltd. BBC World News television is available in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, and over 433 million households and 3 million hotel rooms. The channel’s content is also available on 178 cruise ships, 53 airlines, including 13 distributing the channel live inflight, and 23 mobile phone networks. offers up-to-the- minute international news and in-depth analysis for PCs, tablets and mobile devices to more than 95 million unique browsers each month.

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Helen Mitchell
BBC World News Publicity | @BBCNewsPR
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