Cuts to BBC World Service Language Programmes

The BBC World Service, which started broadcasting in 1932, is to close five of its language services.  The Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian, English for the Caribbean and Portuguese for Africa services will all be axed.

An end to radio programmes in another seven languages has also been announced – Azeri, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish for Cuba, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.  The coverage of these languages will now be through online, mobile and television content.

The BBC World Service and has an audience of 241 million worldwide across radio, television and online.

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