The British Broadcasting Corp. has announced plans for a new international operation that will lead to a television version of its World Service radio broadcasting.

The new service, BBC-TV International, probably will be launched in the spring and could become a full world service by the end of the century, the corporation's chief executive, Chris Irwin, said Sunday.It will be linked to another new service, BBC World Service Television News, which will provide TV news in different languages and incorporate video from the U.S. network NBC and the Visnews news agency.

The new services will be based on an existing satellite service, BBC-TV Europe, which uses the Intelstat satellite to beam programs into nearly 7 million European homes, the BBC said.

The widely respected World Service radio programming, financed by the government, reaches a reported audience of 120 million.