BBC World Service Television

BBC World Service Television

BBC World Service Television (WSTV) was the name given to two of the BBC's international satellite television channels between 1991 and 1995.


In Europe, BBC WSTV was the BBC's subscription-funded entertainment service, which replaced BBC TV Europe, on March 11 1991. Like BBC TV Europe, it was a mix of BBC1 and 2, but showed specially commissioned "World Service News" bulletins in place of the BBC's domestic ones.

Outside Europe

Outside Europe, BBC WSTV was the name of the 24-hour news and information service, launched in Asia on October 14, 1991, on STAR TV, available from Turkey to South Korea on AsiaSat. Competing against CNN International, it showed current affairs and documentary programming from BBC1 and 2, in addition to "World Service News".

Following STAR TV's acquisition by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, BBC WSTV was removed from the satellite beam that broadcast into China in 1994 [,,4739554-102280,00.html] , although it could still be received in the rest of Asia, particularly India.

Some WSTV programming was also carried in Africa on M-Net, and in Canada on CBC Newsworld.

Rebranding and reorganisation

In January 1995, the news and information service was rebranded BBC World, and the subscription-funded entertainment service became BBC Prime.

ee also

* BBC Arabic Television

External links

* [ BBC World Service Television idents] at Transdiffusion
* [ BBC World Service Television idents including past BBC World] at TV World - Videos are no longer available

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