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Last updated: 31 January, 2011 - Published 13:37 GMT
 
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Dianne Abbott
Dianne Abbott: The Caribbean service in particular is incredibly popular in that region.
DIANE URGES GOVERNMENT TO RETHINK PLANS TO SCRAP CARIBBEAN WORLD SERVICE.

***PRESS RELEASE***

Labour MP stresses huge benefits to the Caribbean that planned cuts put at threat.

MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott has today called out to the Government to reconsider plans to close the Caribbean arm of the BBC World Service as part of a wider cuts programme.

The termination of the Caribbean World Service will be due to a cut in grant funding from the Foreign Commonwealth Office, and will see the loss of five other overseas services including the Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian services.

Speaking on the issue today Diane said:

“I cannot stress how damaging this decision could potentially be for millions of listeners around the globe who not only enjoy the service but rely on it. The BBC World Service is one of the most reputable radio services in the World and the Caribbean service in particular is incredibly popular in that region.

“It is clear to see that this will be a big loss for the BBC and Britain as a whole.

People will lose out culturally, the BBC’s reputation in the world will be sorely diminished, audiences will fall dramatically and most importantly people will be denied a service that is simply not available to them locally.

BBC staff have been rocked by today’s news and rightly so, as despite the £42m saving to be made they realise that in the long run the cost of running the service is far outweighed by its benefits. The Government simply must change its mind on this issue.”

 
 
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