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BBC: Overseas Service

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the level of government financial support for the BBC overseas service in the current year; how this compares in real terms in each of the previous five years; and whether they are committed to strengthening this support in the next quinquennium. [HL1997]

BBC World Service (BBCWS) will receive £239,543,000 of grant-in-aid funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2006-07. Figures for the previous five years are given in the chart below. This sustained increase in funding demonstrates a strong record of investment in BBCWS. This has helped BBCWS meet the challenges posed by new technology, in particular allowing for the development of new media services and, from later in 2007, the launch of vernacular TV. Grant-in-aid funding for BBCWS forms part of the overall settlement allocated to the FCO by HM Treasury. Future funding will be reviewed this year in the context of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Year

Amount

2005-06

239,143,000

2004-05

225,143,000

2003-04

220,143,000

2002-03

200,970,000

2001-02

187,877,000