Supplementary evidence from the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office
You will recollect that when I met you and fellow
Committee Members on 30 November to discuss the BBC World Service
I undertook to let you have a note in response to two questions
raised by Members.
The first question related to the grant-in-aid.
I was asked what the funding levels had been over the last 10
years. I attach a chart that shows figures from 1995 onwards,
broken down into operating costs and capital, with the total amount
for each year in the final column. If the Committee would like
the figures broken down in any other way, please let me know.
The second question related to the new BBC Arabic
TV channel. I was asked what hours the service would broadcast.
The transmission will be a continuous 12-hour service, covering
peak evening viewing times cross four different time zones. Precise
times will be decided closer to the launch date.
BBC World Service Grant-in-Aid figures
|Operating Costs £m
|CSR 98||SR 2000
|SR 2002||SR 2000
|SR 2002||SR 2004
|9 December 2005|