Tuesday, November 15, 2005

BBC World Empire Crumbling

The BBC World Empire is crumbling as Eastern European broadcasts in Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Kazakh, Polish, Slovak, Slovene and Thai languages are scheduled to end by March 2006. These are to be replaced by an Arabic television news channel in 2007. The change is very controversial because the BBC World Service is funded by a Foreign Office grant and currently provides news in 42 languages other than English.

The Hypergene MediaBlog quotes Richard Sambrook, Director, BBC Global News Division at the We Media Conference as stating that: "We don't own the news anymore. Our job is to make connections with and between different audiences".

Blogacus does not mean to be overly sceptical, but is the BBC move motivated by money, politics or both?

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