The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee today urged the Government to ring-fence the BBC World Service from spending cuts.
As part of a spending review unveiled last October, the Government announced the BBC would take over the cost of running the World Service from the Foreign Office from 2014.
The Government later cut Foreign Office funding for the service by 16 per cent, and in January the BBC announced plans to close five of its 32 World Service language services. According to the BBC this could potentially result in the loss of up to 650 jobs.
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