BBC Monitoring Library

BBC Monitoring Library Website


About BBC Monitoring Library

BBC Monitoring is part of the Global News Division of the BBC.
BBC Monitoring’s news coverage reports from radio, television, news agencies, press and the Web, providing a distinctive international news and information service from open sources.

BBC Monitoring reports news from state owned, independent and clandestine media sources in over 150 countries, in more than 100 languages to provide a distinctive and internationally respected news service.
BBC Monitoring operates around the clock, reporting on political and economic events that have an impact upon internal affairs, international relations, human rights and business. News is translated in to English without additional analysis or editorial comment to ensure the impartiality and authority expected from the BBC.

As well as the headquarters in Berkshire, UK, BBC Monitoring has a number of regional offices for example in Kenya, Russia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine accessing local and international sources of news. Customers include government offices and embassies, the media, academic institutes, international charities and geopolitical organisations as well as businesses worldwide.


BBC Monitoring was established in 1939 to assess the use being made of radio by the Axis powers.
During World War II BBC Monitoring established a number of its essential trademarks which are still valued:

  • Focusing on open sources - specifically a wide range of broadcasts and news agency transmissions.
  • Providing "the words as spoken" - accurate and impartial translations of what a politician said or what a formal document contained.
  • How the media reported an event.

Monitoring's importance was quickly recognised and expanded to cover world events.

BBC Monitoring has reported on many historic developments - the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary and the 1962 Cuban missile crisis to the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, perestroyka and the collapse of the Soviet Union. More recently we provided detailed coverage of events during the Gulf War and during the crises in former Yugoslavia.
Recent Trends
Recent changes in world affairs have opened up new markets and new challenges for governments and businesses. The fall of Communism fundamentally altered power relationships and radically changed the nature of many nations and societies. These political changes unleashed more fluid, volatile and unstable forces, significantly increasing the need for up to date and accurate information. BBC Monitoring has taken up these challenges by opening new bases and using ever more sophisticated technology to cover and deliver new and more varied sources of information - to continue to provide the latest and most reliable news.

About the BBC Monitoring Library

The BBC Monitoring Library has been developed in conjunction with Publishing Technology, a leading provider of software and services to information providers. The site provides subscribers with open source intelligence from the BBC’s unparalleled network. Articles are selected from traditional and new media worldwide, with over one hundred source languages being translated into English to provide a fully searchable digital current affairs resource.
 Comprehensive content sourcing, authoritative selection, flexible delivery
More than 3,000 radio, television, press, internet and news agency sources in over 150 countries are monitored to inform the BBC’s distinctive, authoritative and reliable reporting of political and economic news. Content is delivered via data feed to the new web platform, where XML-based storage enables greater flexibility in delivery. The database also supports sophisticated discoverability, including multiple filtering options to facilitate users’ ability to track emerging stories.

State-of-the-art features for institutional subscribers
The new service offers improved functionality enabling the BBC to serve libraries and institutions effectively; for example, access control by IP-authentication, management of complex intersubscriber relationships, social bookmarking and COUNTER-compliant usage statistics.

Licensing and e-commerce

The site benefits from a fully-integrated subscription management system, which supports flexible content licensing, complex customer relationships and multiple currencies.

The website was design by passion ... to be the excellent of its kind... B. E.