Tuesday, July 16

BBC radio broadcasting in 10 languages, including Bengali, is being stopped

Online Desk :

Due to the economic crisis, BBC Bengali broadcasting is going to stop. The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, has decided to stop broadcasting not only Bengali but also 10 other languages. Several radio operations, however, are said to be limited to online. Apart from BBC Bangla, the other languages that are being discontinued include Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Hindi, Indonesian, Tamil and Urdu. The BBC says the combined pressure of high inflation and rising commodity prices has led them to this difficult decision. BBC Bengal’s radio program took off on 11th October 1941 with the start of 15-minute weekly broadcasts in Bengal. Later news broadcasting started in 1965. The BBC has proposed to cut 382 World Service jobs, with the aim of saving more than £28.5 million, or Rs 320 crore. However, CBBC and BBC Four are also being moved online as part of total annual savings of £500m. The BBC also said the plan would help support its strategy to make the World Service more modern, digital and streamlined. Services that will now be online only include Chinese, Gujarati. There are Indonesian, Pidgin, Igbo, Yoruba and Urdu. BBC World Service is an international media broadcasting organization. They have activities through radio, TV and digital media.

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