2022: Strategic Comms and Information Warfare

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Example of content produced by BFBS Creative for the MoD.


Technological and social changes have driven BFBS to become so much more than its birth as a radio station 80 years ago. That single voice in Algiers has become a chorus of radio, TV, digital, news, learning and creative services and solutions to support UK's defence and the armed forces community both at home and overseas. 

During both peacetime and conflict, BFBS has always been at the forefront of technological advances to ensure we give our unique audience exactly what they need, wherever they are.  

In the early hours of 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his troops would go on a "special military operation" in Ukraine to "demilitarise and denazify" Ukraine. 

This so-called special operation was, in fact, a full-scale invasion. Western allies had been warned of looming Russian aggression for months, but still, Putin's decision shocked the world. As the invasion unfolded, Kyiv's allies kicked into action with diplomacy, sanctions, donations and training. 

More than a year later, the brutal land warfare is still leaving its deadly mark in Europe and the global cyber-threat is higher than we have ever seen before. 

Around the invasion of Ukraine, BFBS Creative – BFBS's award-winning communications agency – was brought in to support the Ministry of Defence with unprecedented work to release defence intelligence to the world. 

Our security-cleared team, including strategic communications specialists and content producers, often embed alongside communications and media teams in defence to help deliver campaigns, understand audiences, and produce content. 

We have helped to support the mission to counter Russian disinformation on Ukraine and ensure the world knows the truth of the reality of what is happening on the ground. More broadly, we have shifted our focus to more innovative ways of communicating with our target audiences. 

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Example of content produced by BFBS Creative for the MoD.

And on our Forces channels, videos are viewed by millions of people via forces.net and the Forces News YouTube channel.

Our in-depth reports  such as the technology and weapons being used in the Ukraine conflict, or exclusive interviews with defence experts  prove that we provide a news service that those with an interest in all things armed forces, won't find anywhere else.

Screengrab from the Forces News YouTube channel.

Screengrab from the Forces News YouTube channel featuring Simon Newton presenting one of many 'explainer' features about Ukraine.