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BBC funding from US met with anger

What has turned out to be an application for funding from the state department infuriates US broadca

The BBC World Trust's application for a low six-figure sum from the US state department has been criticised by the American media.

America is facing the prospect of similar cuts to the UK, and it is argued that public funded US international broadcasters should recieve the money instead of the BBC.

The US state department has not yet made a decision on the application, but the money would be used to fund anti-jamming technology in countries such as Iran and China.

The BBC World Service Trust has in the past received around $4.5m in US international development funding for a media and development project in Nigeria, and is bidding for $293 000 for work in Burma of a similar nature.

Liam McLaughlin is a freelance journalist who has also written for Prospect and the Huffington Post. He tweets irregularly @LiamMc108.