April 19, 2011

BBC is cutting back its foreign language services

For millions of people around the world, especially in South Asia BBC broadcasts in their own language meant an alternative voice than the monotony or propaganda of their state broadcasts. In Bangladesh a place has been named BBC Bazaar to mark the trend - rural people typically gather around radios in public places (eg a market) to listen to BBC broadcasts.

BBC cutting back on broadcast services in Hindi, Mandarin, Russian, Turkish, Albanian, Vietnamese and many other languages due to budget constrains. For many of the languages their radio broadcasts will become internet webcasts.

Fareed Zakaria at CNN writes:
But to take two examples: China has only 20 percent Internet penetration and India, just 5 percent.

Maybe there is a billionaire out there who could fill this budgetary gap.


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