New BBC Trust chairman Lord Chris Patten has indicated he may roll back some of the planned cuts to the World Service.
He told the Sunday Telegraph: "I hope that with the Foreign Secretary we can successfully mitigate the effects of some of the decisions which were taken. I'll be talking to him reasonably soon. I know he regards the World Service as an important part of this country's soft power and I'm sure that with goodwill and without megaphones we'll be able to sort it out."
He continued: "I'm hoping on Arabic services we will be able to protect that as something that is at the core of what the BBC is doing.
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