Thursday, November 06, 2008

BBC's Russian Changes Under Fire

Owen Gibson writes on The

A wide-ranging shake up of the BBC World Service's Russian operations has been criticised by high profile academics and writers, including the Nobel Prize for Literature winner Doris Lessing, who have called the plans "demented".

In an open letter, the BBC is accused of caving in to Russian pressure to cut its operations in the region by axing 22 hours a week of programming and dropping long form analytical and cultural programming. "At a time when in Russia misunderstanding and mistrust of Britain has reached a height unprecedented since the end of the USSR this decision seems a perverse, even demented concession," says the letter, organised through the GB-Russia society.

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