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Is the BBC World Service superfluous or a vital adjunct of British diplomacy?

Is the World Service superfluous, or a vital adjunct of British diplomacy, wonders Oscar Edmondson

25 March 2023

9:00 AM

25 March 2023

9:00 AM

In 1957 the BBC removed the head of the Russian Service. Anatol Goldberg was by all accounts a remarkable broadcaster, tasked with coordinating, producing and narrating the BBC’s radio output to the USSR at one of the most volatile periods of the Cold War. Internal reports praised his navigation of the ‘complications’ of Russian programming.

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