South Africa is in the middle of a media renaissance as the new year approaches.
But with new platforms, social media and digital technology, there’s always room for the BBC to expand its focus.
That’s exactly what it is doing, as it has announced plans to move its focus area from the capital to Johannesburg, and move its TV coverage to that city.
The new focus will take place from January 1 next year, when the South African Broadcasting Corporation will officially be part of the BBC World service, replacing the BBC Africa service.
The BBC said the move was a “long-term initiative” to ensure the BBC can deliver more news, programmes and programmes across the BBC News channels and platforms, including on social media, video and podcast platforms.
This will be in line with its aim of being a “global media leader”.
BBC World’s current focus is the UK and Europe, with its existing news and current affairs coverage being focused on the UK, Ireland, France and Germany.
The South African focus area is set to be based on the news from the past year, with news from Africa and Latin America.
The focus areas will be the countries where the BBC is based, with the South Africa news focus area set to take over the news coverage from the UK.
The shift is the latest in a series of announcements the BBC has made to improve its focus areas, as the BBC seeks to broaden its reach.
Earlier this year, it announced a move to the BBC Asia-Pacific network.
“The BBC’s news content is now more relevant to people in the Asia Pacific region than ever before,” the BBC said.
“This will mean we can now focus on what matters most to our audience and deliver what’s relevant to them.” “
The new South Africa TV focus area will take over BBC News, the BBC South Africa channel, BBC World and BBC News Online. “
This will mean we can now focus on what matters most to our audience and deliver what’s relevant to them.”
The new South Africa TV focus area will take over BBC News, the BBC South Africa channel, BBC World and BBC News Online.
South Africa will now be a part of BBC News in the UK with BBC World as its main TV channel.
BBC World will now become a part-time BBC World channel, as part of its news and Current affairs coverage.
BBC Africa will move to BBC Africa, with BBC News Africa now taking over its current affairs and current news coverage.
“BBC Africa will continue its core mission of delivering news, and the BBC will continue delivering news across the African continent,” the broadcaster said.
BBC News International will continue as a news channel, with coverage from South Africa and the wider African continent.
“While the new South African news focus will now take over News International’s core news content, BBC News Asia-Polar will continue on its existing mission of providing quality news coverage across Asia- Pacific and Africa,” the corporation said.
The news focus areas were set to launch on January 1, with South Africa expected to be the first country to receive a new focus area on January 8.
BBC’s focus in South Africa “BBC News has been our home for a number of years and now, the new focus is set for South Africa,” South African prime minister Mmusi Maimane said.
He said the news focus would be the BBC and South Africa, which was “our main media and entertainment hub in South African media”.
“It is a great honour to welcome the BBC news focus in the city of Johannesburg,” Mr Maimene said.
South Africa’s prime minister and deputy prime minister are in London on January 11 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The Commonwealth Heads are the most powerful political leaders from the Commonwealth countries to gather together to discuss future developments.
The move comes as the UK government is working on a new version of the UK’s “Brexit” bill, which could see changes to some EU rules and could be used to trigger the UK to leave the EU.
“We welcome the news that BBC Africa and BBC World are to remain part of News International,” the South Afrikan government said.