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Bbc World Service: Middle East

Volume 597: debated on Thursday 18 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the BBC World Service has decided to close its posts of Middle East and Islamic Affairs Analyst; and, if so, why. [HL926]

The Middle East is extremely important to the BBC World Service, which is committed as a priority to ensuring the best coverage of and about affairs in the region. Staff matters are for the BBC management to decide internally.