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Turmoil in the Middle East and the changing face of foreign news

The unrest in the Middle East has coincided with a period when western news organisations have been closing bureaux and making overseas correspondents and staff redundant to reduce costs.

At the same time, states in other parts of the world are expanding their international coverage and networks – Al-Jazeera, Iran’s Press TV, China’s CCTV and Russia Today.

With the latest proposals to cut large sections of the BBC World Service, are we seeing a shift from western dominated international news to Middle East and Asian dominance in the long run or will recent developments in the Middle East help to reverse this trend?

David Eades, Presenter, BBC World News

Edna Fernandes, Special Correspondent, Mail on Sunday
Lord Judd, Member of House of Lords
Martin Moore, Director, Media Standards Trust
Richard Sambrook, former Director, BBC Global News

6.30 – 8.30pm, 30 March, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Westminster Hall, House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, London

Entry through security can take between 15 – 45 minutes depending on the queue.

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception in the Inter-Parliamentary Union Room from 8.30-9.30pm sponsored by Nexus Strategic Partnerships, publishers of Global Magazine and other Commonwealth publications and websites.

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