* Cuts to meet touch Spending Review settlement

* To cease all short wave distribution of Hindi, Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Nepali, Swahili and the Great Lakes service (for Rwanda and Burundi) radio content.

* These to be available on FM radio (direct broadcasts and via partners); online; mobiles and other new media devices

* Short wave broadcasts in remaining languages other than English except a few â€?lifeline'  Services to end by March 2014

MUMBAI: BBC World Service gave details of its response to a cut to its Grant-in-Aid funding from the UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Wednesday.

BBC World Service is to carry out a fundamental restructure in order to meet the 16 per cent savings target required by the Government's Spending Review of 20 October last year.

To ensure the 16 per cent target is achieved and other unavoidable cost increases are met BBC World Service is announcing cash savings of 20 per cent over the next three years. This amounts to an annual saving of ?46m by April 2014, when Grant-in-Aid funding comes to an end as BBC World Service transfers to television licence fee funding, agreed as part of the domestic BBC's licence fee settlement announced on the same day.

In the first year, starting in April 2011, the international broadcaster will be making savings of ?19m on this year's operating expenditure of ?236.7m (2010/11).

The changes include:

1.Five full language service closures;

2.The end of radio programmes in seven languages, focusing those services on online and new media content and distribution; and

3.A phased reduction from most short wave and medium wave distribution of remaining radio services.

BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks said  in an official release: "This is a painful day for BBC World Service and the 180 million people around the world who rely on the BBC's global news services every week. We are making cuts in services that we would rather not be making. But the scale of the cut in BBC World Service's Grant-in-Aid funding is such that we couldn't cope with this by efficiencies alone.

"What won't change is the BBC's aim to continue to be the world's best known and most trusted provider of high quality impartial and editorially independent international news. We will continue to bring the BBC's expertise, perspectives and content to the largest worldwide audience, which will reflect well on Britain and its people,... Horrocks said.

BBC World Service also plans spending



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