BBC Radio World Service receives £20m cash injection by UK government

Azha Khan



The UK government has boosted BBC World Service with a £20 million cash injection.

RXTV Info reports that the money will keep the broadcaster’s 42 World Service language stations on-air in their current format over the next two years.

The BBC had previously announced that cuts to the BBC World Service were inevitable, with some stations moving to online-only. As a part of the changes, the BBC Arabic radio station was shutdown.

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Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, said, “The BBC World Service is vital in the fight against the spread of disinformation around the world. This funding will ensure people across the globe continue to have access to accurate, high quality journalism.

“As the world’s most trusted international broadcaster, the BBC World Service is a vital tool in providing accurate and impartial news, analysis and discussion in 42 languages to 365 million people around the world each week. This one-off funding will allow the BBC World Service to maintain its unrivalled status as the world’s largest international broadcaster, and to continue playing its crucial role in tackling harmful disinformation through providing trusted, impartial news and analysis globally.”