from CJA UK
The controversial change in funding for the BBC World Service will be examined at an April event co-hosted by the CJA UK and The Bushmen.
Since the beginning of April this year, the BBC’s licence fees have replaced the Foreign Office as funding for the BBC World Service.
Some say the cost of less than a pound a year is money well spent. Others say the new responsibility is unwelcome at a time that Britain’s role abroad is being critically re-examined. Can the BBC be relied upon to safeguard the World Service when the whole basis of the licence fee is now being questioned in the media?
Robin Lustig, journalist and former BBC presenter will chair the public discussion, which will feature panellists Mary Dejevsky of The Independent, James Hardin, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, Peter Horrocks, Director of BBC Global News, John Whittingdale, OBE, MP, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and Michael Williams, Baron Williams of Baglan, International Trustee for the BBC.
Admission is free but registration at https://bbcworldservice2014.eventbrite.com is required.
The event will be held Wednesday April 30 at Committee Room 10, Houses of Parliament, starting at 6:30pm. A drinks reception will follow in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room off Westminster Hall.