The chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Pattern
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BBC World Service receives £2.2m funding boost

BBC World Service is to receive an extra £2.2m per year over the next three years from the government.

The funding boost will be used to maintain BBC Arabic Service's "valuable work in the region", Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

The BBC will also reallocate an additional £9m to safeguard the Hindi language short wave service.

The chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten, said concern over the cuts convinced the government to allocate the extra funds.

  • 22 Jun 2011
  • From the section UK