Posted: 23 Aug 2010 Print Send a link
Financial Times, 19 August 2010, Jim Pickard and Alex Barker: "Michael Moore, the Lib Dem Scotland secretary, warned before the election that the DfID [Department for International Development] budget could be raided by other departments. He said: 'One thing that we will need to look very carefully at is that we don’t see DfID’s budget being the recipient of a lot of resources only for it then to be funnelled back to the FCO or the MoD.' Lord Howell, a foreign office minister,said, in a Lords debate last month, that ministers were considering using the DfID budget to help compensate for cuts of £11m to the BBC World Service. 'It is possible that some of the BBC World Service activities can be categorised as overseas aid and could be supported by DfID,' he said."
Perhaps BBC Worldwide international sales of BBC programming and concepts would be an appropriate source of funds for World Service.