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Cathy Packe | 15:55 UK time, Thursday, 8 July 2010

On this week's programme we take a look at two reports both connected, in their different ways, with the provision of foreign news. 

A world view

Peter Horrocks, Director of the World Service, discusses the BBC's Annual Report with Rajan, who asks him how he accounts for the decline in listener numbers, particularly in certain parts of the world, and how he plans to respond if, as seems to be widely expected, the World Service is asked to make savings through cuts or efficiencies.

He also gives Rajan his view on another study, carried out by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, whose Director David Levy, is also interviewed on this week's programme. 

The Reuters Institute study was carried out in eight countries - Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Algeria, India and Pakistan - and compares what the local broadcasters provide in these countries with what's on offer from international networks like the BBC, Al-Jazeera, France 24 and others. 

Proms season

And on a musical note, Rajan's been finding out what's in store at the Proms this year. 

He talks to Louise Fryer, one of the presenters of the weekly concerts that will be broadcast on the World Service, starting next weekend and continuing until the middle of September. It certainly sounds as if there's plenty of variety - from Mahler to Stephen Sondheim to an Iraqi guitarist and composer Ilham Al Madfai. If you manage to catch any of the concerts, do let us know what you think!

Cathy Packe is the Producer, Over To You

Over To You is your chance to have your say about the BBC World Service and its programmes. It airs at 00:40, 03:40 and 12:40 every Sunday (GMT).


  • Comment number 1.


    It's very depressing times that BBC and the World Service are going to have to make cuts in services and other fashions...

    Here is my question: What is the protocol for BBC World Service to make cuts and what services will get the cut..



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