The BBC announced the commencement of its new service to the Arab region. "We are encouraged that independent research consistently shows an appetite for a BBC Arabic television channel," Nigel Chapman, the director of BBC World Service, said in a statement. The main reason people give is quite simple -- it is because they believe the BBC will provide an independent news service they could trust." In true BBC fashion it also saidâ¦â¦.. âThis service will be funded by the British Government.â â¦â¦..errrr, shome mishtake shurely? I always thought the BBC was funded by UK licence payers.