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 Thursday, 19 December, 2002, 00:06 GMT
World Service hits 70
As the BBC World Service celebrates its 70th anniversary watch and listen to special broadcasts from around the globe on BBC News Interactive by using the links on this page.


Thursday 19 December - Question the head of BBC World Service
Mark Byford
Mark Byford
Do you think the World Service sets the right news agenda? Is the service fair and impartial and true to its original remit? How should it be funded? How do you think it should develop in the future?

Mark Byford, Director of BBC World Service and Global News, answered your questions on the World Service in a special Talking Point phone-in programme.

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Live from Table Mountain - 0400GMT
Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town
Table Mountain overlooks Cape Town
Presenters Ben Malor and Heather Payton bring you 14 hours of live broadcasting from the top of Table Mountain in South Africa as they 'take the pulse of the world' to celebrate the World Service and the tradition that started 70 years ago today.

Coming from the site of the station's very first international broadcast the programme features guests from Rio to Sydney and links up with some of the extraordinary people who work for the BBC around the world.



Saturday 21 December - World Service Top Ten
Steve Wright
Steve Wright
The Beatles, Googoosh, Louis Armstrong or Cher... will one of these top the World's Top Ten chart? Or could the laurel go to Sir Cliff Richard or Tamil song Rakkamma Kaiya Thattu? DJ Steve Wright reveals the results of the keenly contested global poll voted for by World Service listeners at 1305GMT.



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