Radio silence: 24-hour broadcast of BBC World Service dropped in Hong Kong

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After four decades in the former British colony, BBC World Service is to be mostly replaced with China’s state radio channel

After nearly 40 years of continuous broadcast in Hong Kong, a 24-hour transmission of the BBC World Service will go silent in the former British colony, replaced with programming from China’s state radio channel.

The move by Radio Television Hong Kong, owned by the local government, was meant to “enhance the cultural exchange between the mainland and Hong Kong”, a spokesman said. The BBC has been broadcast continuously since 1978 on the same channel in Hong Kong.

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