i18n: Weekly global media reads #29

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The BBC World Service announced its biggest expansion in over 65 years, with the launch of 11 (!) new language services coming soon: Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Yoruba. The expansion will also make Delhi the biggest BBC bureau outside of the U.K. LINK

Business Insider is also expanding: This week it announced new editions in Italy and Japan, and another soon to come in Africa. LINK

Univision announced layoffs this week, affecting between 200 and 250 people across the company, though not any of the former Gawker sites it recently purchased. LINK

Facebook’s issue with fake news during the U.S. election is nothing new in many parts of the world, writes the New York Times.

Facebook’s power is often stronger overseas than it is in the United States. In many developing countries with populations new to both democracy and social media, experts said, fake stories can be more widely believed. And in some of these countries, Facebook even offers free smartphone data connections to basic public online services, some news sites and Facebook itself — but limits access to broader sources that could help debunk fake news.


Newswhip has a breakdown of how legacy publishers in Scandinavia are performing on Facebook — for the most part, very well. LINK

The New York Times has a strategy to start tailoring its news alerts to international markets, starting with the U.K. and Australia. LINK

The Reuters Institute released its 2016 report on digital news globally earlier this summer, but I’m only just digging in — it’s long (124 pages) but full of granular data on news consumption in countries around the world. LINK (via @danwmedia)

Netflix is likely to roll out offline viewing soon, though if so it will be for users in emerging markets, not the U.S. LINK

This isn’t strictly about media, but very much worth a read: China’s Great Leap Backward in The Atlantic: “The country has become repressive in a way that it has not been since the Cultural Revolution. What does its darkening political climate — and growing belligerence — mean for the United States?” LINK