The world needs BBC "The Strand"
Sign this petition to ask the BBC to keep the arts and entertainment programme "The Strand" as part of the regular World Service programming. Where does this come from? See the article extract below, click on the link for a full story. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19988316 The BBC World Service is to lose a further 73 jobs as part of the latest round of cutbacks to save £42m by 2013. 25 jobs will go on the English-language service with news coverage reduced from 18 hours to 14 each weekday. Arts show The Strand will be axed from April next year, while World Briefing will be replaced by a new programme, The Newsroom. The BBC said audiences would continue to "receive the best programming" with "fewer regional variations". The BBC World Service has already made £30m in savings following its reduction in funding by the government in 2010. From 2014 the World Service will be funded from the licence fee, with up to 650 jobs to go over three years. The number of documentaries will be reduced from four weekly strands to three, with Your World axed. However, the BBC said no jobs would be lost as a result of this change. A total of 44 jobs will be closed in foreign-language services including BBC Afghan, BBC Burmese, BBC Bengali and in Africa, while posts currently vacant in other foreign services will no longer be filled.