LONDON – The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said on Wednesday it plans to broadcast 11 languages as part of what it describes as its biggest expansion since the 1940s.

BBC World Service said it plans to broadcast in four more Indian languages.

The World Service will add Indian languages Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu, as well as Punjabi, which is widely spoken in Pakistan and parts of India.

World Service also add Korean, spoken in both North and South Korea.

African languages Afaan Oromo and Amharic, spoken in Ethiopia and other countries, Tigrinya, the main language of Eritrea will also be added, and Nigerian languages Igbo, Yoruba and Pidgin, also spoken in other West African countries.

The new language services mean the BBC World Service will be available in 40 languages, including English, up from the current 29 languages.