BBC>> Languages • The UK
On March 25, BBC’s Caribbean Service aired its final programmes, ending 80 years of service.
The next day BBC took its Cold Warera Russian Service off the air. Officials said the cuts are because of a 16 per cent reduction in funding from the UK government.
BBC World Service is also winding up broadcasts in Azeri, Mandarin, Spanish for Cuba, Turkish, Vietnamese and Ukrainian, and ending all medium- and shortwave distribution of radio content in Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Nepali and Swahili.
RadioWorld quotes BBC global news director Peter Horrocks as saying, “Shortwave broadcasts in languages other than English are expected to end by March 2014.” UK’s National Union of Journalists warns the cuts would significantly reduce BBC’s global reach.
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