The British Broadcasting Corporation has announced a new service that would broadcast news and programmes in pidgin.
The announcement was made today (Wednesday November 16) by the BBC’s director general, Tony Hall, who described the day as ‘historic’.
“This is a historic day for the BBC, as we announce the biggest expansion of the World Service since the 1940s. The BBC World Service is a jewel in the crown - for the BBC and for Britain.
"As we move towards our centenary, my vision is of a confident, outward-looking BBC which brings the best of our independent, impartial journalism and world-class entertainment to half a billion people around the world. Today is a key step towards that aim."
Pidgin is a very basic form of English (along with the several local languages) with different variants spoken widely in West African countries such as Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Along with Pidgin, the BBC would now have 10 new services including Yoruba, Oromo, Igbo and broadcast to North Korea for the first time. This means the BBC now broadcasts in 40 languages. It is also increasing its digital output in order to reach more people.
The broadcaster has set a target to reach 500 million worldwide by 2022 (their 100th anniversary), double the current number. Over 1500 jobs (mostly non-UK) will be created worldwide.