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BBC World Service: Finance

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL5688, tabled on 26 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement of a two-year freeze in the BBC Licence Fee, what assurances they can provide on future funding of the BBC World Service; and what assessment they have made of whether planned funding will be sufficient to sustain the services it provides.

Answered on

8 February 2022

The Government recognises the vital role that the BBC World Service plays across the globe. As part of the announcement on the BBC's licence fee the Culture Secretary made it clear that the BBC should continue to make a substantive investment from the licence fee into the World Service to ensure that it continues to reflect the United Kingdom, its culture and values to the world - in English and through its language services. In 2021-22, the FCDO is providing £94.4 million to the World Service to fund 12 language services alongside an additional £8 million to tackle disinformation and develop digital platforms. The FCDO is committed to providing grant-in-aid funding for the BBC World Service through to 2025. Final allocations will be confirmed after the conclusion of the FCDO business planning process.