Wednesday, January 26, 2011

BBC World Service Plans 650 Job Cuts : NPR

Painful cuts affect a major information provider (and a mere 30 million information consumers)

BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks said the cuts, which the broadcaster says will reduce its global audience by 30 million, was "a painful day for BBC World Service."

The cuts mean BBC will ax its Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian, English for the Caribbean and Portuguese for Africa radio services, and will scale back radio programming in seven languages — Azeri, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish for Cuba, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian — focusing instead on online, mobile and television content. In March, shortwave broadcasts will cease in Hindi, Kyrgyz, Nepali, Swahili and the Great Lakes service broadcast in Rwanda and Burundi.

BBC World Service Plans 650 Job Cuts : NPR

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