Written evidence from Jacqueline Stainburn |
BBC WORLD SERVICE CUTS
I am writing to you to inform you why I am opposed
to the proposed cuts for the BBC World Service.
I worked at the BBC World Service for 12 years and
have a very strong memory of working on the Newsdesk when Nelson
Mandela was released from prison, he personally thanked the BBC
World Service. I was, and still am immensely proud of that moment
and many others spent at my time there.
The World Service radio continues to provide
a lifeline to people in times of crisis. Recent examples include
the disasters in Pakistan and Haiti. By cutting services, the
BBC will lose the ability to control broadcasting in times of
emergencies. The host government will have the ability to shut
down the World Service at times when it is most neededwhether
by switching off the power, shutting down the internet, putting
journalists in jail or just locking the doors.
The recent events in Egypt and the shutting down
of the internet there are the latest example and show the need
for continued shortwave presence. Many listeners in the
Great Lakes region (including the Democratic Republic of Congo),
Nepal, and rural India do not have internet access.
The BBC World Service has become the most popular
and most trusted news service in the globe. The cuts will also
affect the BBC World Service newsroom where the stories are written
and translated. The changes will mean that a much more limited
range and expertise of stories will be covered. The world is a
volatile place. The cuts simply must not go ahead.
7 February 2011