The BBC has always maintained its external service (world service) as the jewel in the crown, a worldwide demonstration of the prestige and rigor of a British public company. The digitalisation plans of the new management together with the decision of Boris Johnson’s government (inherited and confirmed by the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss) to freeze the broadcast license fee paid by each viewer for the next few years, has allowed the public company to be forced. To tighten your belt.
The company will stop broadcasting radio spots in at least 10 languages, including Chinese, Hindi or Arabic, and Iran-directed shows such as BBC Persia will stop programming, just as the women’s revolution veils information from abroad. It is more necessary than ever in this country.
The BBC estimates that it will have to cut 382 jobs to respect a plan with which it aims to save around 32 million euros per year. 156 jobs will be cut from positions outside the UK and some 226 from the organization on UK soil. Nonetheless, the company guarantees that overseas news will continue to reach a global audience of approximately 364 million people.
Until the era of austerity imposed by the Conservative government of David Cameron and his finance minister George Osborne, the BBC’s Foreign Service budget was funded directly from the public budget, as it was seen as a weapon of very powerful expansion. has been. Political and social influence of the United Kingdom in the world. Since then, the service has also become dependent on money collected directly from citizens through taxes.
Two years ago the BBC appointed Tim Davey, a veteran of the company’s commercial sector, as chief executive to replace Tony Hall, who announced his resignation shortly after Boris Johnson arrived in Downing Street. The Conservative government is waging open war with the institution, which it accuses of failing to maintain its impartiality during the Brexit crisis which has divided the British. The executive has threatened not to pay the €174 fee Britons would have to pay for a criminal penalty for using BBC services. A decision of these characteristics would particularly harm the already underfunded public channel.