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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 November, 2004, 17:54 GMT
By Adrian Van Klaveren
Deputy Director of News & Controller, News Production

To the general public, the work of Newsgathering is likely to be relatively unknown. But BBC News could not operate without it. Adrian Van Klaveren explains why.

John Simpson
Newsgathering works with staff all over the world, such as World Affairs Editor John Simpson
What is Newsgathering?

The Newsgathering department is at the heart of BBC News. It provides live coverage and news reports to all television, radio and interactive BBC News outlets.

It is the world's largest broadcast newsgathering operation with 41 international bureaux and seven across the UK and Ireland. In 2003, we reported from more than 170 countries.

Newsgathering has about 700 staff, the vast majority of whom are journalists.

They are the correspondents you see and hear across BBC News services and the crews and producers you don't see, arranging and putting the output together behind the scenes.

How do you help cover the news?

In the United Kingdom Newsgathering's correspondents and production staff cover both general news and the whole range of specialist subjects.

Our specialist correspondents and producers provide authoritative and informative journalism across all aspects of British life.

Our main specialist areas are Home Affairs, Education, Health, Science and Environment, Sport and Culture. Correspondents report across a range of programmes and media.

Our specialist correspondents and producers provide authoritative and informative journalism across all aspects of British life.

There are also reporting teams working closely with colleagues from BBC Nations and Regions in bureaux in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and in the North of England, the Midlands and the West.

Our specialist correspondents and producers provide authoritative and informative journalism across all aspects of British life

The Business and Economics Centre produces 11 hours of business programming a day including Working Lunch on BBC2, Wake Up to Money on Radio Five Live, Business Today on News 24 and World Business Report for BBC World and World Business Review for World Service.

How about overseas?

International coverage relies mainly on the network of more than 40 international bureaux around the world. This part of Newsgathering is the main provider for our global news channels: World Service Radio and BBC World.

Havana Cuba
Mexico Mexico
Santiago Chile
Sao Paulo Brazil
Los Angeles US
Miami US
New York US
Seattle US
United Nations US
Washington US

Athens Greece
Belgrade Serbia & Montenegro
Berlin Germany
Brussels Belgium
Frankfurt Germany
Geneva Switzerland
Istanbul Turkey
Paris France
Rome Italy

Abidjan Ivory Coast
Johannesburg South Africa
Lagos Nigeria
Nairobi Kenya

Amman Jordan
Cairo Egypt
Gaza Middle East
Jerusalem Israel
Tehran Iran

Bangkok Thailand
Beijing China
Colombo Sri Lanka
Delhi India
Dhaka Bangladesh
Hong Kong China
Islamabad Pakistan
Jakarta Indonesia
Kabul Afghanistan
Seoul South Korea
Shanghai China
Singapore Singapore
Sydney Australia
Tokyo Japan

Moscow Russia
Tashkent Uzbekistan

There is also the World Affairs Unit in London - based in Television Centre and Bush House - where specialist correspondents and producers provide a global perspective on world events.

Facts about Adrian Van Klaveren
Adrian Van Klaveren
Adrian was appointed Deputy Director of BBC News in 2004
Before that he was Head of Newsgathering, a role he carried out for four years
Born in Bristol in 1961, he joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1983
Significant roles at the BBC include Deputy Editor of the Nine O'Clock News and Panorama, and Head of Local Programmes for BBC West Midlands

This unit houses around 25 London-based world affairs correspondents as well as producers and researchers.

Who works behind the scenes?

The resources and development team is responsible for negotiating and managing all of Newsgathering's resources deals in the UK and throughout the world - from shoot/edit crews and editing to fibre optics and satellite transponders.

The team also looks after the infrastructure of the overseas bureaux and is responsible for making sure the department identifies and makes full use of the latest newsgathering technology.


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