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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Jeff Smith Jeff Smith Opposition Whip (Commons) 10:31 am, 6th February 2020

We have rightly heard about the importance of the BBC’s local and regional coverage, but I remind the Minister of the importance of its international coverage. The World Service is the world’s most trusted news provider and an important part of the UK’s soft power. The Minister has said that the media landscape is changing, and he is absolutely right, which is why public service broadcasting is under pressure. At this time, surely the BBC needs our support more than ever.