BBC launches ad-free news service on web

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LONDON -- The British Broadcasting Corporation has launched BBC News on the Web as a free, continuous news service on the Internet. Unlike other online news services, BBC news online carries no advertising.

Drawing on the resources of more than 2,000 journalists, 250 correspondents and 50 bureaus around the world, BBC News online will carry U.K., world, business, science and sports news. It will also carry the BBC's flagship TV news program, the BBC Nine O'Clock News, every night so that Internet users around the world will be able to watch and listen to it.

BBC News online is staffed by 40 journalists and Web experts, who will be responsible for producing stories specifically for BBC News online, as well as writing stories fed in from the BBC's global news staff.

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