Angelina Jolie has been announced as the executive producer of My World, a BBC news programme targeted at younger audiences. 


It will aim to tackle a ‘global gap’ between adult news sources and social media channels, which have been criticised for sharing ‘fake news’.


The programme will be a co-production between BBC and Microsoft Education and will be broadcast on BBC World news each Sunday at 16:30.


 “As a parent I am happy to be able to give my support to a program that aims to help children learn more about the lives of other young people around the world, and connect them to each other.” Jolie said. “I hope it will help children find the information and tools they need to make a difference on the issues that matter to them, drawing on the BBC World Service’s network of thousands of journalists and multiple language services around the world.”


The weekly half-hour programme aims to have an international online scope, it will be shared on BBC iPlayer in the UK and globally via a YouTube Channel.


Media education has become a priority in recent years, it was highlighted at this years BBC Trusted News Summit which brought together figures from global technology firms to tackle misinformation. The news programme will be accompanied by an interactive learning segment, which will be hosted on Microsoft Education’s website.


Director of the BBC World Service Group Jamie Angus, said: “There’s a gap in provision for young people who want to understand how the news is made and the values that stand behind it. They need the tools to distinguish the real from the false online, and the skills to think critically about information, wherever they encounter it. Nurturing these abilities is the aim of My World, and they’re crucial for today’s young people, not just for personal development but the future health of global democracy. The BBC World Service is uniquely placed to provide a truly global perspective on the biggest stories and themes of the day.”

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