Saturday, March 26, 2011

BBC Chinese Service makes final broadcast in Mandarin

The BBC Chinese Service has made its final radio broadcast in Mandarin after nearly 70 years.

Shortwave programming in Mandarin is a casualty of spending cuts announced by the BBC World Service in January.

From now on, Mandarin-speakers will be served only by the BBC's Chinese-language websites; a weekly radio broadcast in Cantonese will continue.

BBC managers say they have had to make tough choices because of a 16% cut in UK government funding.

BBC World Service Mandarin programming began back in 1941, pre-dating by eight years the proclamation of the People's Republic of China.

(Source : BBC News via

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