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BBC World Service

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL5689, tabled on 26 January 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of the BBC World Service in supporting UK international diplomatic objectives, in particular in relation to establishing and developing new relationships following the UK's departure from the EU.

Answered on

8 February 2022

We strongly value the work of the BBC World Service in promoting our values globally through its independent and impartial broadcasting. 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. The BBC World Service now reaches 364 million people weekly, an over 40% increase since the FCDO-funded World2020 programme began in 2016 which is invaluable for our soft power and influence globally.