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 16 languages and producing television programmes in 13 languages. These reach an estimated weekly audience on tv of 105 million and 121 million 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 include provision of tools and techniques to counter service blocking, on satellites and on the internet. Their participation in regulatory activity covers protection of access to media on the internet. Nigel has been an AIB Committee member for four years.