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Why the World Service is worth every penny

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5 March 2016

9:00 AM

5 March 2016

9:00 AM

What makes the World Service so different from the rest of the BBC? I asked Mary Hockaday, the controller of the English-language service. And how does it justify the additional £289 million funding (spread over the next five years) which the Treasury granted it at the end of last year? Will that money, which could after all otherwise go to welfare or the NHS, be well spent?

‘News is our core,’ says Hockaday.

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