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Last updated: 25 October, 2005 - Published 12:08 GMT
 
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BBC World Service 2010: Next steps
 
We have tried to answer as many questions as possible that may arise from the 2010 strategy for BBC World Service, but if you have further questions, please send us feedback from the link to the right.

When will the services close down?

This will vary from service to service as it will depend on a number of factors, including commitments to re-broadcasting partners and the terms of our broadcasting licences.

We expect to stop broadcasting within three months and to have closed down most of our overseas offices in the affected services by 31 March 2006. However once we have completed our discussions with our partners overseas, we will have a clearer view.

What is the impact on our current contractual arrangements with re-broadcasting partners?

We shall be talking to our partners who use our vernacular services in the next few weeks to explain why we have taken this decision and to work out how to minimise the impact on their services.

In general we expect to have fulfilled all our contractual obligations by March 2007.

How will this announcement impact staff in BBC Monitoring?

Where a language service facing closure is the sole recipient of a product or service from BBC Monitoring, then that supply will cease when the operation ends.

However, the vast majority of BBC Monitoring's output is supplied to more than one customer; spanning users in both the BBC, BBCM's official stakeholders and its US partner. BBC Monitoring is now engaged in discussions, both internally and with stakeholders, on how it will transform its business out to 2010 and beyond.

The overall impact of the changed requirements of BBC World Service for Monitoring's services stemming from the WS 2010 strategy will be incorporated into those discussions.

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