House of Commons
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EDM #39A1
Tabled 03 July 2001
2001-02 Session
This is an amendment to an existing motion
Motion originally tabled by Derek Wyatt on 27 June 2001
This is amendment number 1

Suggested Amendment

"leave out from 'East Asia' and add 'but considers that losing a million listeners to save half a million pounds is a bad bargain which hits old friends, makes it far more difficult for them and for British visitors to North America and Australasia to receive BBC World Service programmes on any regular basis and will reduce British influence in an important part of the world which should not be taken for granted.'."

Original Motion Text

That this House notes that BBC World Service is cutting direct short wave transmission to USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from 1st July saving ú500,000 per annum; further notes that in America over 230 public radio stations carry BBC World Service programmes and that out of the total 2.6 million listeners only 300,000 listen exclusively on short wave, whilst in Australia short wave listeners have dropped from 1.6 million to 100,000 over the past eight years; commends the BBC World Service for investing ú50 million in short wave enhancement in Oman, to the Gulf and South Asia, Cyprus, to the Middle East, and Singapore to East Asia; and applauds its decision to plough back the ú500,000 savings into FM expansion around the world where it is now in 121 capital cities.