Nigel Fry, Director of Distribution, BBC World Service
BBC World Service produces content in 42 languages, operating direct to home TV services in Arabic and Persian, radio services in 20 languages and producing television programmes in 12 languages. These reach an estimated weekly audience on tv of 139million and 157million on radio through direct transmissions or through a network of 800 partner broadcasters. Nigel is responsible for the aggregation, global distribution and transmission of BBC World Service broadcast programmes and channels. The systems and technologies include scheduling, automation, satellite distribution and transmitters, from low power FM to high power AM. Services are delivered using a mix of in house facilities and contracts with service partners. The team’s activities includes provision of tools and techniques to counter service blocking.