"Don't expect too much in the early days; for some time we shall transmit comparatively simple programmes, to give the best chance of intelligible reception and provide evidence as to the type of material most suitable for the service in each zone. The programmes will neither be very interesting nor very good." -Sir John Reith World Service (World Wonder, Requires Radio) +5 Culture +10 to Relationship with all City States Free Broadcast Tower in city "...Men and women so cut off by the snow, the desert or the sea that only voices out of the air can reach them." -King George V Beginning in 1932 as the BBC Empire Service as a shortwave service for outposts of the British Empire, the World Service later broadcast throughout the world, with news, speech and discussion in more than fifty languages. During the Second World war, it served an important role in broadcasting into occupied territories. Today's world service is politically independent, not-for-profit and commercial-free. In recent times, many broadcast services have closed due to financial pressures and the open availability of news from sources such as the internet. However the BBC World Service still remains one of the best known and respected services in international broadcasting.