Thursday, August 23, 2007

BBC bounced in Russia

Talk about turning the clock back:

An FM radio station in Moscow has informed the BBC's Russian Service that it will no longer carry the British broadcaster's programming. ...

At the end of 2006, the Moscow radio station Radio Arsenal stopped broadcasting the BBC's programming. And in the beginning of 2007, ... Radio Leningrad informed the BBC that local licensing authorities demanded that it remove the BBC's programming.

The BBC plans to appeal the decision with Russia's broadcasting authorities...
Full story here.

Ironically, a couple of years ago BBC's Canadian alter ego, RCI (Radio Canada International), drastically cut back its broadcasts to Ukraine, despite the growing demand for its services.

So much for government-run radio. Makes me wonder why services like RCI and the BBC insist on going to places where they're unwelcome and snub places like Ukraine, where they're actually wanted? Must be ideological, because it sure isn't logical.

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