As of today the BBC is shutting down its Russian-language broadcasts. After 65 years on the air, the Russian service is moving to the internet.
Head of BBC Russian, Sarah Gibson, says: “We are also proud of the unique heritage our broadcasts have left behind – in the hearts and minds of millions of radio listeners. As we move on, we will continue to serve our audiences through online and mobile services. Our website bbcrussian.com will continue to bring global stories to the Russian audience, and put Russian stories in a global context.”
BBC also stops broadcasting to Russia in English on short and medium wave. Such measures are the result of significant budget cuts. The Corporation had to close several offices and reduce staff. By the end of the year 433 foreign broadcasting staff will lose their jobs.