The government has decided to give BBC World Service an extra £2.2m to shore up the Beeb’s Arabic service, in light of the recent ructions in the Middle East. This is a “massive U-turn” from previous government policy, which last year shunted the costs of the World Service from the Foreign Office onto the BBC – a de facto cut. “Massive U-turn” is not my phrase, however; it was – briefly – how the Foreign Office’s own website labelled the move.
In the screengrab below, a rather enthusiastic web monkey got carried away when putting a headline on the Foreign Office’s official announcement. Oopsy. The headline has now been changed to the rather more prosaic “Foreign Office will provide additional funding for the BBC World Service”.