BBC World Service

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Deputy Prime Minister on 12 March (HC Deb, cols 315–6) concerning proposals to initiate BBC World Service transmissions to the Korean peninsula, whether they will consider introducing a new BBC World Service transmission to the Korean peninsula; and if so, what their criteria would be.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

I refer the noble Lord to my answer in this House on 12 March (Official record 12 March 2014, col 1753), where I made clear that the BBC World Service is editorially, managerially and operationally independent. It is therefore for the BBC World Service, as they do now, to review options and criteria and to make recommendations to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) on the opening and closing of any individual World Service language service.

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