Watch BBC World News Live TV Live Channel Will Start After Advertisement. BBC World News is the BBC's international news and current affairs television channel. It has the largest audience of any BBC channel. Launched on 11 March 1991 as BBC World Service Television outside Europe its name was changed to BBC World in 1995 and to BBC World News in 2008. It broadcasts television programming including BBC News bulletins documentaries lifestyle programmes and interviews. It employs more correspondents and reporters and has more international bureaux than any other news channel. Unlike the BBC's domestic channels BBC World News is owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd part of the BBC's commercial group of companies and is funded by subscription and advertising revenues and not by the United Kingdom television licence. It is not owned by BBC Worldwide. Launched 11 March 1991 Network BBC News Owned by BBC Picture format 16:9 (1080i HDTV) 16:9 (576i) 4:3 (480i) SDTV Audience share Available in: 350 million homes 1.7 million hotel rooms 81 cruise ships 46 airlines 35 mobile phone platforms 74 million viewers per week Slogan Live The Story Language English Broadcast area Worldwide Headquarters Broadcasting House London United Kingdom Formerly called BBC World Service Television BBC World BBC Entertainment BBC Knowledge BBC Lifestyle BBC HD