BBC UKRAINIAN SERVICE AXED

27.01.11


The FINANCIAL.  The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced that it will stop broadcasting in the Ukrainian language on April 1.  The BBC’s Ukrainian service announced this in a statement (yesterday).  According to the statement, the BBC’s «My World» website will remain in operation.

According to the BBC’s global news director Peter Horrocks, about 650 jobs will be cut from a workforce of about 2,400 over the next three years, most of them within the first year.

The BBC recently announced that it was closing five foreign-language services because of the reduction of its budget.

The Macedonian, Albanian, and Serbian services of the BBC will be canceled, as will English for the Caribbean and Portuguese for Africa.

In addition to closing these five services, the BBC will close seven more services, including the Ukrainian service, but these services will remain on the internet.

According to the BBC, the job cuts at the World Service are the result of reduction of BBC World Service's grant-in-aid funding from the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The BBC also announced on Monday that it would close down about 200 websites and cut up to 360 posts from its online division as part of a plan to reduce its budget.

The world service, which started broadcasting in 1932, currently costs GBP 272 million a year and has an audience of 241 million worldwide across radio, television, and online.

It presently broadcasts in 32 languages.


Note.  The BBC Ukrainian Service's forum has been inundated with many messages from Ukraine and beyond expressing profound disappointment, disbelief and dismay at the BBC decision.



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