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Russia: BBC External Services

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will commission an independent investigation into the administration and operations of the BBC Russia Service. (273604)

The BBC World Service is editorially, operationally and managerially independent of the Government, as is stated in the Broadcasting Agreement between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the BBC for the provision of the BBC World Service.

The BBC World’s service’s operation in Russia provide the Russian audience with trusted, high quality current affairs programmes and new media services. The FCO is satisfied that the recent changes to the service are being properly managed and reviewed in the normal process of evaluation within the BBC World Service.

We will therefore not call for an investigation into the BBC Russia service.