The BBC today issued the following statement:
The BBC welcomes the FAC's strong support for the World Service and
the value it brings in promoting British values and providing a widely
respected and trusted news service. It is of course for the Government
and Parliament to decide on the priorities for public spending.
The cuts being made to the World Service are a consequence of last
autumn's Spending Review and the BBC regrets the scale and pace of
cuts that have been necessary. If, in the light of the FAC report, the
Government is prepared to re-open aspects of the Spending Review
settlement the BBC will be pleased to engage with them constructively.
We look forward to the Government's response to the Committee's
The BBC is committed to the long-term future of the World Service and
hopes to reinvest when responsibility for funding transfers to the
licence fee in 2014.
(BBC Press Office)