The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

BBC World Service

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The BBC has said it will “prove a better steward” of the World Service than the Government as it takes over responsibi­lity for its funding.

The move, which sees the end of Foreign Office financial support for the service which broadcasts around the world in more than 20 languages, was agreed as part of the last licence fee settlement.

The statement comes as an influentia­l committee of MPs said the Foreign Secretary should “hold the BBC’s feet to the fire” in order to safeguard the service.

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