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RECENT interviews with Terry Waite, including yours (November 16), have emphasised the value of the BBC World Service. Many years ago, I visited a former colleague who had worked in Angola and Nigeria. Although now living in Houston in the USA, he told me that he still gets up to listen to the World Service because all the time he was overseas, he felt it was the only source of news that he could trust. I once saw Michael Palin interview the Dalai Lama, who said the same thing.
I was, therefore, pleased to read that this service is expanding to cover other countries, rather than have it fall under the axe. Any Minister who countenances its reduction is doing this country a grave disservice. Roger Pope, Wiltshire