BBC Russian Is Celebrating Its 70th Anniversary
Seven decades after its first shortwave broadcast, BBC Russian is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
As a pioneering digital service reaching new audiences, BBC Russian continues to put Russian and regional stories in a global context, and report events in Russia and the wider region to the rest of the world. It plans to launch several major projects, further reinforcing its coverage of the region as part of the biggest expansion in the BBC World Service since the 1940s.
From Thursday, 24 March, the 70th anniversary content across the BBC Russian output on the website bbcrussian.com, TV and social-media platforms includes:
- a look back at the history of BBC Russian in photos and video;
- as part of the new weekly vlog, #Londonблог, a behind-the-scenes view of BBC Russian today as well as the BBC’s New Broadcasting House – the high-tech London headquarters BBC Russian calls home
- a 30-minute televised debate on freedom of speech on Thursday 31 March, with a panel of prominent Russian and Western journalists and academics
- an event at the BBC’s New Broadcasting House on Friday 1 April, which will include a live link with the BBC Russian partner channel, TV Dozhd, as well as a video live on the BBC Russian Facebook page.