Select Committee on BBC Charter Review Minutes of Evidence


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
Capital £m
Total £m

1995-96
144.5
24.5
169.0
1996-97
144.8
19.6
164.4
1997-98
145.7
15.9
161.6
1998-99
145.6
16
161.6
CSR 98
1999-2000
150.6
25.5
176.1
CSR 98
2000-01
155.6
19
174.6
CSR 98
SR 2000
2001-02
165.6
17.7
183.3
SR 2000
2002-03
170.9
30
200.9
SR 2002
SR 2000
2003-04
189.1
31
220.1
SR 2002
2004-05
194.1
31
225.1
SR 2002
SR 2004
2005-06
208.1
31
239.1
SR 2004
2006-07
214.6
31
245.6
SR 2004
2007-08
221.1
31
252.1

9 December 2005





 
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