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Bridget Kendall examines how the BBC’s relationship with its audience has changed since the fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

During the Cold War

Since the 1940s, when Germany attempted to stop BBC programmes from being heard in Europe, BBC broadcasts have experienced jamming, or as it is officially known “Deliberate Harmful Interference”.

During the Cold War, the Russian Service was jammed for a total of 24 years, as were some other services to the former Soviet Block. Soviet jamming finally stopped in January 1988.

During the 1990s Burma, China, Iraq and Libya have all attempted to jam BBC transmissions. BBC World Service Mandarin short wave transmissions are still jammed in China.

Bridget Kendall

Listen to BBC world affairs correspondent Bridget Kendall, as she examines how the BBC’s relationship with its audience has changed since the fall of Communism in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
 
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