Implications of BBC World Service Cuts - Foreign Affairs Committee Contents

Written evidence from Marc Glinert

As a dedicated listener to BBC World Service radio living in France I would urge the corporation to rethink its misguided decision to cease medium wave transmission for the WS.

Nothing can compete with the simplicity, practicality and low cost of radio reception from a radio signal, whether FM, LW or MW.

As for the argument given in the BBC's press release "Closure of the 648 kHz service continues the process of withdrawing from direct broadcasts to Europe in response to a declining number of direct listeners."

... perhaps the BBC could explain how ceasing transmission is likely to revive the number of listeners!

14 February 2011

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