Written evidence from Andrew Bolton, Senior
Broadcast Journalist, Bush House |
I am writing to you regarding the recently-announced
cuts to the funding of the BBC World Service.
I hope you will be able to use your influence to
oppose the cuts.
I'm sure you are already aware of much of the detail,
so I need not repeat it here. Suffice to say that the World Service
plays a vital role in representing Britain overseas, andin
my viewit is one of the few major British institutions
we can still be proud of.
The cuts mean, among other things, that the World
Service is throwing away an audience of about 30 millionquite
ludicrous, I'm sure you agree.
As it happens, I have been a journalist at the World
Service for more than 20 years, so you might think I am only writing
to you because I have a vested interest.
In fact I'm writing because I sincerely hope you
will be able to help prevent this wonderful British organisation
from being flushed down the pan, and its place taken byamong
othersthe Americans and Chinese.
7 February 2011