In a speech given to staff in October 2005, BBC World Service Director Nigel Chapman outlined plans to launch a publicly funded international television service in Arabic, as well as increasing investment in new media and funding more FM radio distribution globally.
As part of the reprioritisation, the World Service announced it would close 10 language services: BBC broadcasts in Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Kazakh, Polish, Slovak, Slovene and Thai languages would cease by March 2006.
The services which closed covered either European countries that were current EU members or were actively in discussions about membership; or services with little local impact.
All the countries are served by other BBC Global News division services such as BBC World Service radio in English, BBC World television, and BBC News Online.
The changes followed a root and branch strategic review of BBC World Service.
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