BBC has announced that it will open a new bureau in Hong Kong on 25 March. The new office, which will be launched by BBC Director-General Tony Hall, comes several years after BBC moved journalists to Hong Kong to improve reporting capabilities and connect better with local audiences. The DG will launch the BBC Bureau, home to 20 journalists working on news in Mandarin, Cantonese and English. He will also launch the commercial news operation for BBC Global News with 11 staff supporting the commercial business in the region with other offices in Beijing and across Asia. The BBC also has an office for BBC Studios in Hong Kong that brings entertainment programmes to its Chinese audiences.
Lord Hall will also partake in recording of the latest edition of the BBC World News TV debate programme, BBC Global Questions, which will discuss China’s place on the world stage. The programme’s Mandarin version, produced in Hong Kong by BBC News Chinese, will focus on the future of employment for Chinese youth.
The BBC has a total weekly audience of a million people in Hong Kong, where it is available on TV via the BBC World News channel and on their website.