The BBC World Service is the world’s largest international broadcaster, broadcasting in 27 languages to many parts of the world via a wide range of technologies, including analogue and digital shortwave, internet streaming, podcasting, etc. BBC World Service has undergone a major transformation because of the anticipated change in its funding as well as the emergence of new media. In their interview, Zoya Trunova and Vlad Strukov discuss the impact of this change on the policies and practices of the Service. They focus on the Global Video Unit that coordinates and supports worldwide original video production for the internet. They examine editorial practice, use of networks, user-generated content, changes in the concept of news production, story-telling and data-visualisation, and convergence of media and cultures.

Language of contribution: Russian

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  • Vlad Strukov (PhD) is a London-based multidisciplinary researcher, curator, and cultural practitioner, specializing in art, media, and technology cross-overs. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Leeds (the UK) and a researcher at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), working on global visual cultures. He is currently carrying out a major research project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, on contemporary queer visual culture. He is the author of many research publications, including a monograph on contemporary Russian cinema (Edinburgh 2016). He makes regular appearances in international media such as Al Jazeera, American Public Radio, the BBC, RBK, and others.