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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

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