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Helen Boaden | 13:37 UK time, Tuesday, 12 April 2011

The BBC's motto: nation shall speak peace unto nation

I gave a speech to the Voice of the Listener & Viewer conference today at The Geological Society in London. The conference was called 'Risking Quality in Times of Change - what future for Public Service Broadcasting?' Among other matters, I talked about the licence fee settlement and the difficult decisions BBC News faces as we seek to live within our means, and about the impact on the BBC World Service from the cut in government funding. You can read the speech in full on the BBC press office web site.

Helen Boaden is Director of BBC News

  • We'll publish a recording of the speech here on the blog tomorrow.
  • The picture shows the BBC's motto, from an early coat of arms.
  • Also speaking at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer's Spring conference are Roger Graef (TV Producer), David Liddiment (BBC Trustee), David Elstein (former Chief Exec of Channel 5) and Stephen Whittle (former head of Editorial Policy at the BBC). Details on the VLV web site.
  • David Liddiment's speech to the conference is on the BBC Trust's web site.


  • Comment number 1.

    Even the BBC seam not to know the difference between the BBC World Service and the BBC overseas service.
    There are no cuts to the BBC World Service radio station as far as I know.
    The cuts are from some of the BBC overseas service stations that are closing or have already closed.

  • Comment number 2.

    @MarkAJA - It all depends what you mean by the BBC World Service radio station. There have been drastic cuts in the programmes and scheduling with programmes scrapped, many others reducded in length and far more repeats.
    This I see as cuts to the BBC World Service radio station. And that is on top of closing service stations and frequencies where I am equally frustrated by there no longer being a broadcast on 648


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