If you’re a fan of the BBC’s (British Broadcasting Corporation) Caribbean news coverage service, then you have most likely heard of its impending demise.
However, did you know that BBC Caribbean’s last broadcast will be made on March 25, 2011? There will be a special regional one-hour call-in programme on Thursday, March 24 looking at the future of pan-Caribbean news and current affairs.
Dianne Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, had this to say about the closure when it was first announced:
The BBC World Service is one of the most reputable radio services in the World and the Caribbean service in particular is incredibly popular in that region.
It is clear to see that this will be a big loss for the BBC and Britain as a whole. People will lose out culturally, the BBC’s reputation in the world will be sorely diminished, audiences will fall dramatically and most importantly people will be denied a service that is simply not available to them locally. BBC staff have been rocked by today’s news and rightly so, as despite the £42m saving to be made they realise that in the long run the cost of running the service is far outweighed by its benefits. The Government simply must change its mind on this issue.
The service will be sorely missed by many!