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Latino Daily News

Wednesday March 2, 2011

BBC Latin America Goes Off the Air After More Than 7 Decades

BBC Latin America Goes Off the Air After More Than 7 Decades

Photo: BBC cancels World Service broadcasts in Spanish for Latin America

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After 73 years on the air, broadcasts of BBC Latin America have ended as a result of a 16 percent cut in the British government’s funding of World Service.

Along with BBC Serbian and Portuguese for Africa services, the BBC radio broadcasts in Spanish for Latin America have been canceled. BBC managers said it was a hard decisions, but cuts had to be made.

BBC Latin America was launched on March 14th, 1938 in an attempt to counter Nazi and Fascist Italy propaganda just before the start of World War II.

Hernando Alvarez, BBC Mundo’s editor said he was sad to see the end of Spanish-language radio, but pointed out that the BBC’s journalism will still be available in Latin America through the internet and mobile phones.

The radio output had been reduced over the last few years, with the last of the mostly intended for Cuba, and the radio was just no competition for the media monster that is the internet.

English-language radio service for the Caribbean will also stop broadcasting. It will end on March 25th after 72 years on air.