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BBC World Service: Death by a thousand cuts?

For years, the BBC World Service has lived with the constant fear that cuts in its government funding would reduce its effectiveness as the world’s most trusted broadcaster.

Its English and other language services have been invaluable to those who live without the freedoms that we take for granted, even if its output has not always been widely appreciated here at home. What will the latest changes mean for its future – a new lease of life, a loss of identity in the wider BBC, or death by a thousand cuts?

Public discussion on Monday 29 November 2010
Committee Room 9, House of Commons,
Palace of Westminster, SW1
This event was kindly hosted by John Whittingdale MP

William Horsley – International Director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media, University of Sheffield
Peter Horrocks – Director, BBC Global News and World Service
Danny Sriskandarajah – Director, Royal Commonwealth Society
Sir John Tusa – Journalist and former Managing Director, BBC World Service
Alban Webb – Historian of the World Service
John Whittingdale – Chair, All-Party Culture, Media and Sport Committee

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