Peter Horrocks, head of the BBC Global News Division, today announced the following closure dates:1. BBC Portuguese for Africa and BBC Serbian will cease broadcasting on Friday 25 February.2. BBC Albanian will cease broadcasting on Monday 28 February.3. BBC Macedonian will deliver its final broadcast on Friday 4 March.4. BBC Caribbean will cease broadcasting on Friday 25 March.5. BBC Mundo radio will cease broadcasting on Friday 25 February.6. BBC Russian radio and BBC Chinese radio will end on Friday 25 March.7. BBC Vietnamese radio will cease broadcasting on Saturday 26 March.8. BBC Azeri radio will end broadcasting on the weekend of 26/27 March.9. It is proposed that SW distribution will cease for the following services on the weekend of 26/27 March: Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Nepali, Swahili, Great Lakes and Hindi.10. The cessation of English on 648 MW and SW and the cessation of MW to Russia and the FSU are also proposed for the weekend of 26/27 March.
The BBC is considering plans to reinstate axed short-wave World Service radio broadcasts on a short-term basis to regions where major events are taking place, following the revolution in Egypt.Short-wave radio broadcasts of the BBC Arabic service, which has around 400,000 listeners in Egypt, will be significantly reduced within weeks as part of plans to save £46m from the World Service budget, a 20% cut from its £253m annual budget.World Service broadcasts in short wave are being cut back in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia as part of the cost saving drive.An email sent to Bush House staff on Wednesday by Peter Horrocks, the BBC's global news director, revealed plans to respond to major events in particular regions by buying up short-wave radio capacity, against a backdrop of violent political uprising sweeping across the Middle East."We also said in January that there would be changes to distribution, in particular changes to SW [shortwave] distribution," Horrocks said in the email, which has been seen by MediaGuardian.co.uk. "We are looking into the possibility of buying SW capacity at short notice to ensure we can react quickly should we need to, as highlighted recently in Egypt," he added. "I must stress that any changes we make to our original plans have to be made in the context of the tight financial settlement - what we can not do, is find new money."