Cuts Watch #353: BBC World Service
In the eight months since we began running Cuts Watch there has only been one cut we could have referenced with links to articles from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Rep, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela and Vietnam.
The cuts at the BBC World Service have literally made headlines around the world. 650 jobs – a quarter of the workforce – are to be lost as a result of Foreign Office cuts, designed to save £46 million a year. The entire services in Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Portuguese for Africa and English for the Caribbean are to be withdrawn. Radio programming in Azeri, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish for Cuba, Turkish, Vietnamese and Ukrainian will come to an end, as will the short wave services to Rwanda and Burundi and in Hindi, Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Nepali and Swahili. Audiences are expected to fall by more than 30 million, from 180 to 150 million a week.