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Cuts to BBC World Service expected in spending review

8 September 2010

The NUJ has condemned the UK government's plans to cut the budget of BBC World Service from next April, as part of the Treasury spending review. The details are due to be announced on 20 October.

The rumoured cut – said to be 25% of the World Service budget, comes despite BBC World Service being a clear success story – with an audience of 241 million across radio, television, and online.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:

"This announcement shows that for the government, public sector broadcasting, and the talented, hard working journalists at BBC World service are totally expendable.
"The rumoured cut will mean the cutting of entire country services and will obviously threaten jobs. Along with our sister unions, we will fight these proposals with all our might."

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