U.K. government-financed BBC wants some 25 million pounds (USD39 million) redirected out of the U.K. Department for International Development’s coffers to its own.
A secret memo leaked to the Telegraph shows that BBC exectuives are lobbying ministers for redirected aid funding in a bid to ease the impact of cuts for the BBC World Service, known as the world’s largest international broadcaster. BBC says its broadcasts can contribute to the stabilization of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“If limited DfID funding were provided for dedicated services that met development purposes, World Service could avoid some of the most damaging cuts and invest in new services that could contribute to the stabilisation of Pakistan and Afghanistan, help prevent radicalisation in sub-Saharan Africa and maintain the BBC’s presence in rural India,” according to the document.
The British government is being pressed to cut 46 million from BBC’s annual budget of 237 million pounds by 2014.