BoB Goes Global

UK university students who have returned home overseas due to the pandemic can now access BBC News Channel

International students enrolled at UK universities but currently continuing their studies overseas due to the Covid-19 crisis can temporarily access the BBC News Channel via BoB, the UK streaming service for education, for the very first time with more programmes hopefully being added in the future.

This radical new development, thanks to lengthy work from Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and Learning on Screen, will mean students based at a UK university but currently living anywhere in the world are able to access the UK’s BBC News Channel for streaming. The BBC News Channel includes extensive news coverage as well as programmes such as Panorama, Coronavirus Daily Update and HARDtalk.

This important extension of access outside the UK has been made possible with the support of a wide range of rightsholders. The scheme will continue through to the end of July 2020, helping students continue their studies through to the end of the current academic year.

BoB has been available to UK enrolled students living in the EU since March. This latest development is another example of digital innovation and the commitment of a wide range of rightsholders to support the UK education sector.

The Covid-19 crisis demands innovative responses and proactive developments in the education sector. As teaching continues to move online, ERA and Learning on Screen are helping to make online teaching easier and more fruitful.

Virginia Haworth-Galt, CEO of Learning on Screen said, “We are so pleased to offer this new element to our key television and radio streaming service, BoB. Being able to support UK education in such a nimble and responsive way during this turbulent term is a privilege.”

Helena Djurkovic from ERA said, “I am delighted that ERA has been able to help mediate access to vital broadcast content to those students who have had to return home due to this awful pandemic. We will continue to explore ways to support British educational institutions in managing remote access to the ERA Repertoire.”