The BBC World Service will launch 11 new language services, including three Nigerian languages, Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin English as part of its biggest expansion “since the 1940s”, the corporation has announced.
The expansion is a result of the funding boost announced by the UK government last year.
The other languages will be Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Korean, Marathi, Punjabi, Telugu and Tigrinya.
The first new services are expected to launch in 2017.
The new language services mean the BBC World Service will be available in 40 languages, including English.
BBC Director General, Lord Hall, has set a target for the BBC to reach 500 million people worldwide by its centenary in 2022.